Panaji :: 30th January, 2020 ::: The Goa Union of Journalists under its new Executive Committee (2019-21) has submitted the draft of the much-needed ‘Goa State Journalists Protection Act’ to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
The Executive Committee which took charge in June 2019, had made several representations to the Chief Minister since June 2019 vis-à-vis the Goa State Journalists Protection Act. The Chief Minister was kept informed on the development on the Journalists Protection Acts in other states. Maharashtra became the first state in the country to implement the Maharashtra Media Persons and Media Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2017. The Act was first published after having received the assent of the President in the “Maharashtra Government Gazette”, on the November 8, 2019.
GUJ President Rajtilak Naik submitted the draft of the Goa State Journalists Protection Act to the Chief Minister in a specially convened meeting held at Mahalaxmi, Altinho, in Panaji on Monday. The Chief Minister was briefed on rules and punishment provision made in the draft Act.
The Goa Union of Journalists remains hopeful that the ‘Goa State Journalists Protection Act’ will be formally announced in the forthcoming Budget Session of the Goa Legislative Assembly.