Haryana additional director general of police (ADGP) LR Dabas has said that journalists should be given more facilities to perform their duties.
"From my experience in the police department and constant communication with the media, I have found journalists' job to be tough. The job requires mediapersons to be alert round the clock," he said at a seminar on 'Increasing Crimes and Press' organised by the United Federation of Indian Journalists to mark National Press Day here on Saturday.
"Journalists have lost their lives while carrying out their duties. The government should treat their families as those of jawans'," the ADGP said.
Dabas said that if mediapersons were given better emoluments and facilities, they would be inspired to work more independently.
The police official said some newspapers had built colonies for their employees. "The housing facility should be extended to mediapersons at all levels so that they would not have to worry about the future of their families."
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Arvind Malhan said the media was rightly called the fourth estate. "Its role is important in strengthening democracy. It must be independent and responsible," he said. He said that at times, the electronic media broadcast programmes not fit for viewing with families. "Electronic media should exercise caution while making programmes," the ADC added.