India : Sakal Group pulls down shutters of Sakal Times and Gomantak Times29 May, 2020
The National Union of Journalists (India), strongly condemns the closure of Sakal Tiems and Gomantak Times under the pretext of COVID19 pandemic. Nearly 45 of the editorial staff from both the papers will be laid off, along with a lot of employees from marketing and other departments . The above two papers were sharing a lot of resources with their respective Marathi counterparts, Daily Sakal and Daily Gomantak. The employees were taking a reduced salary since March 2020 when the lockdown started. NUJ(India) has sought immediate intervention of the Government of India and State Government to put an halt on the ongoing large-scale retrenchment of working journalists and closure of media establishments.
NUJ(I) President Ras Bihari said in statement that amid lockdown the wake of the Covid-19, journalists are loosing l jobs and facing serious financial crisis due to closure of Newspapers. Lockdown that is going to enter in to it’s fifth phase has badly affected the media sector. All these issues will be discussed in the scheduled webinar Executive Committee Meeting of the NUJ(I) to be held on May 30,2020 and a road map will be finanlised to face this critical situation,said Ras Bihari.
According to Prasanna Mohanty, NUJ(I) Secretary General, Media sector is facing a though time. As per the information HT Media, the publisher of Hindustan Times, Mint and Hindustan, has laid off over 100 staff in order to optimise its expenses due to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown has severely affected it’s printing businesses. But the report gives the different picture about Goa and Maharashtra . All these issues will be thoroughly discussed in the Executive body meeting along with other important point relating to media and organization, he said.