Today, the Editors Guild said that it expects the PCI Chairman C K Prasad to rescind his "unilateral decision", apparently taken without consulting Council members, to intercede in the case in the Supreme Court concerning extreme and unrelenting restrictions placed on the media in J&K.
In a statement Wednesday, the Guild said it “has no dispute with the ministry that journalists should behave with restraint and responsibility while enjoying their access to the finance ministry” but “a blanket order is not the answer”.
The guild strongly condemned the use of criminal defamation and other provisions of the law against the media. It demanded that the Karnataka government must immediately ensure that the FIR is withdrawn.
"At a time when the democracy is in suspension, the KEG is seeking the attention of the Press Council of India and the Editors Guild of India to exercise their legal, ethical and professional mandate to intervene in the issue," the guild said in a statement.
"In the recent past, top BJP leaders, as well as those of AAP, have used unambiguously abusive expressions such as 'presstitute', news-traders, 'bazaaru' or 'dalals' for journalists," the Editors Guild said in a statement.
The Guild said, the right to try and sentence journalists for defamation vests with the courts of law and the Karnataka Legislative Assembly "cannot and should not misuse" its powers and privileges to conduct a trial and sentence any member of the press for libel.