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The Antecedents

Until Independence in 1947, an overwhelming majority of the country's journalist community was an active participant in the freedom struggle and suffered the same fate as the other freedom-fighters. After Independence, however, the anti-Establishment traditions of the community compelled it to tread a path different from that of the ruling politicians. The contradictions that had developed between the two since the formation of elected provincial governments in 1937 began to sharpen further and journalists found that the time had come to form a trade union organisation of their own. Leading militant journalists, therefore, met at New Delhi in October 1950 and set up the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) with M. Chalapathi Rau as President.

In 1952, the IFWJ adopted the Delhi Declaration, which remained the main charter of the journalist community for a long time and led to their successful struggles for the setting up of the first Press Commission, followed by the constitution of the Press Council, the enactment of the Indian Working Journalists (Conditions of Service) Act and acceptance of the wage board machinery to determine the salary structure of the working journalists. Unfortunately, however, a key demand of the Delhi Declaration for delinking the ownership of newspapers from other industries remains unfulfilled because of various disturbing developments in the 1970s in both the national body politic and the journalist movement. While the nation faced the Emergency and the beginnings of the coalition era, the IFWJ suffered a vertical split with the departure of a section of journalists.

The formation of IJU

These developments came handy to the vested interests who continued to weaken the organisation and its militant unity until a stage came where its leadership was usurped by certain self-serving elements. The militant sections of the community had to wage a long struggle against these usurpers but were compelled in late 1980s to sacrifice the name of the organisation to safeguard the community's common interests and militant traditions. A large majority of IFWJ members formed the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) in 1989 to carry forward the struggle for the Delhi Declaration. The union was registered by the Registrar of Trade Unions in 1990 under the Indian Trade Unions Act, 1926.

The IJU, thus, is the natural successor to the militant movement of the country's working journalists and is determined to ensure the continuation of its militant traditions. It held its first Plenum at Ranchi on December 27 to 29, 1991, and has been growing from strength to strength ever since.

The Strength of IJU

The IJU is the only representative organisation of journalists in India. It has its affiliates in almost all the States and Union Territories. The total strength of the IJU is over 23,000 members. Well represented in Central and State Government institutions for journalists, such as the Press Infomation Bureau (PIB) and Press Accreditation Committees, the IJU has its members in the Press Council of India, too.

The IJU is affiliated to the Indian Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its nominee, Ms. Sabina Inderjit, is an elected member of the IFJ's executive committee.

Who runs IJU

The IJU is a democratic organisation and is run in accordance with its unique and all-encompassing Constitution, which requires the organisation to hold a national conference after every two years, which is attended by delegates representing all its members from various States. The delegates include National Council members, who are elected by all members of the affiliated State unions according to a formula for representation to ensure that no section of journalists remains unrepresented. The National Council constitutes the main deliberative body of the IJU during the period between two national conferences. The national conference also elects a National Executive Committee.

The National Executive Committee looks after the day to day affairs and the funds of the Union. The organisation has one President, two Vice Presidents, one Secretary General, four Secretaries, one Treasurer and 13 elected members of the National Executive Committee (NEC). The NEC looks after day to day affairs and the funds of the Union.

The Future is Bright

The IJU will continue to fight for safeguarding the Freedom of the Press, defeating attacks on Journalists and Free Speech; and work for the welfare of journalists. The IJU has a large pool of talented young journalists, who will continue to uphold the cause and values for which the IJU stands.

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IJU 9th Plenary: New Leadership, Grave Challenges

IJU condemns BJP Bullying of Journalists

IJU Demands Action Against J&K Police

Justice finally in Chattarpati Case

Fraternal Greetings

IJU Demands amendment to POSH Act

IJU condemns killing of 2 journos in Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand

IJU Condemns Myanmar Journalists Arrest

IJU Condemns Manipur NSA Arrest

IJU Demands Safety Law for journos

IJU condemns attack on Srinagar journos

MEFI Commission on state of media

IJU 20supports MeToo Movement

IJU condemns Tripura RNI Action

IJU condemns illegal sacking of PTI employees

IJU Condemns Kashmir Journo Arrest

On the call given by the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) thousands of journalists came out on streets across the country on Wednesday to protest against the assassination of the warrior for freedom of expression and Editor of Lankesh Patrika Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on Tuesday night by unknown assailants.

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) hailed the Judgment of the Supreme Court quashing the draconian Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act which was misused by several state government to stifle expression of dissent against the ruling establishments.

The Indian Journalists' Union (IJU) strongly condemns the dastardly terrorist attack on the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the cold-blooded murder of as many as 10 of its journalists, including its editor, and two policemen. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families and the fearless journalist community of France, the pioneer in the struggle for liberty and freedom of the Press.

Press Council of India gazette notification of list of representative associations for the XII th term.

The gazette notification of the members for the XII term of Press Council of India.

Justice C. K. Prasad has been nominated as chairman of Press Council of India

Justice C K Prasad has been appointed Chairman Press Council of India, on being nominated by three members committee comprising Hon'ble Vice President of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha and S N Sinha, PCI nominee.

S N Sinha and D Amar elected unopposed as President & Secretary General respectively of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) for second term.

Press Council Of India Notification - Part II, Section 3

Press Council Of India Notification - Part III, Section 4

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the premier and most representative organisation of the working journalists in the country, welcomed the recommendation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) for single Regulatory Authority for print and electronic media.

The Press Note Issued at the Media Conference on 29th March Addressed by S N SINHA, President and D AMAR, Secretary-General of Indian Journalists Union (IJU) on the Deliberations of National Executive Committee (NEC) of Union Held at Bengaluru on 27-28 MARCH 2014.

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutional validity of the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Board for working journalists and other newspaper employees.The IJU urged upon the Central and State Government to ensure speedy implementation of the Supreme Court order. Read full judgment in latest news.

National Executive Committee (NEC) of Indian Journalists Union (IJU) meeting in Kochi

Parliamentary Committee Report on Paid News

Sikkim-Gangtok NEC Circular, 6-7 November 2012

Patna NEC Circular 13th May 2012

IJU Demands Media Commission

Plenary Presidential Address


IJU Souvenir Released

Mr.Katju to the Secretary, Information, Writers Building, State Government West Bengal

Request for appointment of a Sub-committee of the Press Council of India - suo- motto- to examine Safety and Protection of Journalists in the country and to suggest national wide special law for that purpose - Regarding.

Struggles Ahead

The recommendations of the Majithia Wage Boards were accepted by the Government of India on 25th October, 2011 and notified vide S.O. no. 2532 (E) dated 11th November, 2011 in the Gazette of India

IJU... in the Right Direction

IJU on Forward March

Unity is the Need of the Hour

IJU - IFJ Congress Letter

Indian Journalist Union Response on Wage Board Debate

Anomaly in The Extension of Travel Concession to Mandal Correspondents in Andhra Pradesh

Congman Attacks Scribe at Meghalaya Assembly

Indian Journalist Union Response on Wage Board Debate

Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Deeply Mourns the Demise of Its Founder Secretary-General and Veteran Journalist Com. Kalyan Choudhury

Letter From The President - International Federation of Journalists

Assault on a Photo-Journalist by an MLA in The Meghalaya Assembly Premises - Suo Motto Action Sought - Regarding.

The Major Problems and Difficulties Faced by The Spouses of Accredited Journalists

Assam Scribes Interaction Programme in Sikkim



Press Release

Union Calls on government and employer to support widow's family

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the premier and most representative organisation of the working journalists in the country, welcomed the recommendation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) for single Regulatory Authority for print and electronic media.

A statement issued in New Delhi, the IJU President S N Sinha, Secretary General Devulapalli Amar, expressed happiness over the Supreme Court Judgment saying it was a clear victory for working journalists and other newspaper employees, in their long-drawn battle. The two urged upon the Central and State Government to ensure speedy implementation of the Supreme Court order.

IJU strongly condemned the illegal and unwarranted detention of senior journalist Iftikhar Geelani by the Delhi Special Cell police on Saturday

IJU Press Note-24.12.12 on Manipur

Govt of India Press Release on Majithia Wage Board

The Indian Journalist Union (IJU) requests the Press Council of India (PCI) to take cognizance of the circular and Suo Moto take suitable steps to protect the freedom of the press

W Bengal Press Note on Newspapers to Lib.

The Indian Journalist Union (IJU) has urged upon the Press Council of India(PCI) to take up the case of brutal assault of security personnel on senior journalist and author, Mr. David Devadas

Press Council of India notification, June 2011

IJU calls for a National Law to Protect Scribes

IJU Press realse over this Supreme Court judgement

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