Anger over the introduction of a ‘lottery system’ to control the number of journalists reporting in Parliament

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NEW DELHI, India – Indian journalists are protesting the government’s decision to reduce the number of journalists reporting on the ongoing lottery system, calling it “the need monitor the dissemination of news and information to the public”. place “.

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Scores of journalists and representatives of Indian media and media organizations gathered at the Press Club of India (PCI) in the capital New Delhi on Thursday, chanting slogans such as “media freedom” and seeking to enter Parliament.

The government banned media access to Parliament last year due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Ahead of the parliamentary winter session that began on Monday, a “lottery system program” was launched to allow 60 journalists in Lok Sabha (lower house) and 32 in Rajya Sabha (upper house) to hold 11 seats and 10 seats in the government. , respectively. reserved, and other selected media organizations and agencies.

The closure angered the media, who told Al Jazeera that the number of journalists entering the home had “dropped dramatically”.

Editor and TV presenter Rajdeep Sardesai said, “It started in 2020 because of COVID, but now things are over, so I say if we do not protest now, the process will not end. His speech to the protesting journalists.

“The current lottery system is not available at all. You cannot close Parliament by watching Parliament television, ”he said on a state-run parliament channel.

In a statement on Tuesday, PCI said: “In the world’s largest democracy, the entry of journalists into parliament is controlled by the lottery system. This is a very dangerous practice in a democratic parliament like India.”

PCI suspected that this was the fifth parliamentary session where the parliamentary reporting limit was strengthened due to the epidemic.

The guarantee we were given was not in line with it, ”he said.

 

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