DUJ concerned over reported closure of National Herald

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (UNI) The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) today expressed concern over the reported closure of National Herald, a newspaper founded by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Lucknow on September 9, 1938.

The DUJ held a meeting here during which a resolution was passed, expressing regret over the reported closure of the nearly 70-year-old newspaper.

It said the newspapers, which had contributed significantly to the national movement, were being made to close down one after another with the first being Patriot, founded by veteran freedom fighter Aruna Asaf Ali.

The meeting also took note of the various challenges confronting the journalists and workers in the capital.

It expressed grave concern over increasing unfair labour practices in the newspaper industry and the total inaction of the Centre and the state governments.

The meeting also demanded immediate interim relief for the entire industry pending finalisation of the new wage board.

It unanimously endorsed a 20-member steering committee to coordinate with the executive a two-pronged action programme both on the professional and the grievance fronts.

With a view to addressing these problems, a press initiative 2008 was also announced on the occasion.

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