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Freaking On Control

Minister wants to test and license journalists

Freaking On Control
Jitender Gupta
Freaking On Control
outlookindia.com
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News Work, Across The World...

Countries where  journalists need licences: Spain, Portugal, Chile, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Jordan and Egypt (where journalists are required to join a syndicate). In the US, Michigan has moved a bill to get journalists registered.

CIMA, 2010

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With elections around, politicians could be forgiven for making promises they cannot keep. But when a minister pushes a provocative idea at a public forum, it’s bound to start alarm bells ringing. Union minister of state for information & broadcasting Manish Tewari has done just that: at a seminar, he suggested an exam for journalists, after which they should be given a licence to practice. This stirred up a storm, the fear of government control looming prominently. For, only some months back, the government’s new ally in media control, Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), had spoken of minimum qualifications for journalists, who...

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