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Press Council of India seeks feedback to form guidelines for media and security forces in conflict zo

Easterntimes, New Delhi, October 29, 2020 : Press Council of India has formulated a set of questions to be taken by media organisations to help create guidelines for the media to function in conflict zones, that within the country specifically refers to the north-east, the Maoist-affected areas and Jammu and Kashmir.

These questions have been thrown open to media bodies for feedback on Thursday, by the PCI which has also sought suggestions to the questionnaire.

The list of seven questions seeking inputs to prepare the guidelines are:

What are the problems faced by journalists working in conflict areas in your state or Union Territory?

How many journalists have been killed, injured, kidnapped in the last 10 years inyour state, regions? Action taken by concerned state?

Steps taken by states to protect journalists, camerapersons, and whether state governments have extended Life Insurance for media persons in these areas?

What are the welfare schemes taken up by state governments for journalists, camera-persons in conflict zones?

Have you come across reports concerning proposed nexus between some journalists, newspapers, periodicals and conflict groups? If yes, give details.

Please specify if journalists are working under pressure from government, police, security forces or conflict groups in the conflict affected areas.

Whether the government has provided special identity to journalists working in the conflict zones?

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