Asia Journalists Call on Government of India to Constitute Wage Board for Indian Journalists

Journalists' leaders representing 14 countries from the Asia-Pacific region meeting in Colombo from 21-23 August 2004:

BELIEVING that professional and quality journalism demands journalists be properly remunerated for their work; and

RECOGNISING that journalists in India have not had a wage increase through the wage board system for many years;

SUPPORTS the calls of the IFJ affiliates in India for a revision of wages for journalists and other media workers; and

DEMANDS that the Government of India constitute wage boards for the media industry and in turn upwardly revise wages for Indian journalists.

Colombo Sri Lanka, 23 August 2004

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Indonesia

All India Newspaper Employees Federation

Association of Taiwan Journalists

Bangladesh Journalists Rights Forum

Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists

Federation of Media Employees' Trade Unions

Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ)

Hong Kong Journalists Association

Journalists Association of Korea

Korean Federation of Press Unions

Indian Journalists' Union

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

National Union of Journalists, India

National Union of Journalists (Malaysia)

National Union of Journalists, Nepal

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Nepal Press Union

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association

Thai Journalists Association