There has been a tradition in the Press Club of India that all kinds of economic, social and political views are being communicated in the society. Media is known as an organized platform for freedom of expression. But the way the percentage of restrictions on the freedom to listen and speak is increasing, even the Press Club of India is not left untouched. Aadhar card or identity card is being sought from club members for booking a place in the club.
Prashant Tandon, a senior member of the club, said that when he made an application to book a place in the club to issue a report of the investigation team based on an incident of mob lynching, he was told that the Aadhaar card from the organizer of the event Giving is mandatory One member, without discussing his name, informed that aadhar card was also demanded from him.
When members recommend for a program in the club, it has been made mandatory to inform the police. On the basis of that information, the police decide which program to call the member of the club recommending and pressurize them not to conduct the programs which she considers her opponent for political reasons. Many members said that they were questioned by the police after the recommendation of booking a place in the club. Senior member Suresh Nautiyal said that when he booked a place for one of his events, before the program, the club management called and asked the chairman to clarify the program outline.
Members of any organization are organizations in person and only a group of members is considered an institution. The Press Club of India is not only the name of a Kothi in Raisina Road, but it is a platform in the journalism world. Members have the right on this forum that they can give their recommendations for listening and communicating to people and institutions that have become the medium of expression of all kinds of ideas and culture.
As an institution, clubs give strength to their members’ confidence in the constitutional rights of freedom of expression in democracy. The club also has programs ranging from religious saints’ programs to communal ideas and dancing songs. To meet the physical needs of the press club, the support of the budget of the Ministry of Defense from multinational companies is also taken. In a way, this open space of all the thoughts and expressions going on in the whole country has been considered and caution is also taken to ensure that there is no penetration. There is no scope of retrenchment in the programs regarding their character and nature.
Institutions like the Press Club, therefore, have a distinct feature from all the institutions in the country. And at its core, ordinary members have the right to remain the medium to listen to all kinds of ideas and maintain a state of dialogue.
Political conditions are advocates for the reduction of the rights of democracy at all levels. This danger is also underlined in the context of various attacks on the media. The extension of that threat is to create pressure at the government level to cut the rights of ordinary members of the Press Club of India.
Recently, the club’s management was informed about the arrival of Maharashtra Police in the Press Club of India campus in search of journalist Vishwas Deepak and the recommendation made by Vishwa Deepak to the police for an event without any restriction. How does management have the right to immediately provide information related to members on any aspect related to the rights of common members? And can club management devise a “strategy” to isolate the member?
In the past three to four years, police within the Press Club have been making their own inroads on some pretext and the situation has become such that the management of the club has not felt the need to call any general meeting in terms of the fundamental rights of the members. . This can be interpreted as meaning that the management has accepted the members as subordinates and there has been a confusion about the members that they too have no worries about their basic rights. But this situation can not be limited to imposing restrictions on programs with different political and social views. It can also be expanded as to what can be eaten or drunk in the club and what cannot be done.
Senior member of Press Club Ali Javed had also recommended to provide the venue of the club for an event on fixed fee basis, but the police could not translate the rumors against him into charges but the management of the press club showed hyperactivity His membership was canceled with immediate effect. In the press club, there are attacks on those who follow the views related to the programs related to which the views are being made. It is not a coincidence that information related to members recommending programs related to minorities and Dalits was provided to the police. In this way, the distinction between inside and outside is seen to be over. This can be taken as an example to get an idea of the trends that are expanding in the Press Club. A member of the club’s executive tried to propose that bouncers could be reinstated within the club. The second example is the meeting of the Executive on 4 July which emphasized the need to take action against those members who have written And under the pretext of Vishwa Deepak, they discussed to clarify their stand with the current management of the club against the attacks on the rights of common members of the club.
The Press Club is independent only if it is truly sensitive to maintaining a position to communicate with all kinds of ideas about securing its democratic traditions, and in this era of attack even ordinary members have to be sensitive to their rights. . As an institution, the future of democracy can be imagined if the Press Club of India retires from the responsibility of being a platform for expression associated with variations and differences.