Chandigarh, 1 May. 2023: The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) marks May Day with a rally at Sector-17 Plaza, demanding the retention of the Working Journalists Act and the inclusion of electronic media under the Media Council. As a symbol of solidarity with the working class, the CPUJ organized a human chain of journalists holding hands to highlight their genuine demands. In his address, the CPUJ President, Mr. Vinod Kohli, emphasized the need to address issues related to the electronic media, which could be achieved by including it under the purview of the Press Council of India, renamed as the Media Council.
During the rally held at Sector-17 Plaza to commemorate May Day, the President of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ), Mr. Vinod Kohli, raised several demands for the welfare of journalists. In addition to advocating for the retention of the Working Journalists Act and the inclusion of electronic media under the Media Council, Mr. Kohli urged the introduction of a pension scheme for all journalists, including those working on desk. He also called for the implementation of all demands previously accepted by the Punjab government, such as the formation of a State Press Accreditation Committee and the extension of toll tax exemptions to all journalists. These demands were put forward to ensure the well-being of journalists and to support their important role in society