Journalists exploited, says MP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/01/2018

On January 2 Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal (Samajwadi, UP) raised the issue of media houses hiring journalists on contract, in the House. He said journalists were being exploited by owners of newspapers and TV channels even as lip service is paid to press freedom. He also spoke of media houses using stringers and paying them as little as Rs 200 per story.                            

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