Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) on Thursday demanded declaration of the ninth wage board for journalists within the current month of July.
"Programmes would be given for a tough movement across the country, if the declaration of the ninth wage board is not made within July," said the journalist leaders in a joint statement.
The statement was issued by BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Secretary General Omar Faruq and presidents and secretaries of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and all other associate organizations of BFJU.
The journalist leaders said a greater movement would be launched, if the ninth wage board is not formed soon.
They urged all journalists to be more vocal to realize the demand.
The leaders condemned the information minister and information secretary for their failure to implement their pledges despite the clear directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to form the new wage board.
They said the journalists feel shattered while discharging their duties because of the misuse of clause 57 of the ICT Act.
They praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's steps for amending penal codes 500, 501 and 502 to keep the journalists free from the risk of being arrested for discharging their professional duties.
The journalist leaders said they are not against making a law to control crimes committed through information technology.
But the law is now a threat to journalists as many people misuse the law against the media men, they claimed.
The journalist leaders demanded stopping the misuse of clause 57 of the ICT Act against the media personnel..