Hundreds of Indian journalists marched through the capital, New Delhi, on October 21 demanding the scrapping of a controversial press bill, which the authorities want to introduce in the eastern state of Bihar.
GV Procession of journalists holding placards through the streets of New Delhi (3 shots)
SV Journalist with lock around mouth
SV Demonstrators marching with placards (3 shots)
GV Cameraman on top of truck taking photographs of journalists marching
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Background: Hundreds of Indian journalists marched through the capital, New Delhi, on October 21 demanding the scrapping of a controversial press bill, which the authorities want to introduce in the eastern state of Bihar. The journalists, carrying placards, banners and chanting slogans, said the bill was threatening press freedom on a creeping, piecemeal basis. Some sealed their lips with black ribbon, others wore padlocks to signify, what they said was the repressive nature of the legislation. The rally was addressed by the President of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists. Mr A Raghavan and former Foreign Minister, Mr. Vajpayee. A heavy police presence was obvious as the marchers passed Parliament House. If introduced, the bill, which is similar to ones enacted in the neighbouring states of Orissa and Tamil Nadu, would mean jail sentences of up to two years for the writing of anything deemed "scurrilous or intended for blackmail". The bill still has to receive presidential approval before being introduced and the authorities have promised to meet with journalists on the issue.