New Delhi: The Government of India on Wednesday said that it attached the highest importance to the safety and security of journalists, but no specific laws for their protection were needed and the responsibility of their protection lay primarily with state governments.
In a written reply to a question asked in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that the existing laws for protection of citizens also protect journalists.
“The central government attaches highest importance to the safety and security of every citizen of the country including journalists. ‘Police’ and ‘public order’ are state subjects under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India,” the minister’s reply said.
Ahir said that the Press Council of India takes appropriate action on receipt of specific complaints from journalists. “An advisory on safety of journalists has been issued to States/Union territories on 20 October 2017, which is available at the Ministry of Home Affairs’ website viz. www.mha.gov.in,” he added.