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QUESTION NO.1602 GUIDELINES FOR VISA FOR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

March 16, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1602
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017

GUIDELINES FOR VISA FOR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

1602. SHRI A. VIJAYAKUMAR:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the guidelines for issuing visa for foreign journalists;

(b) the number of journalist visas issued during the last three years, country-wise;

(c) whether Government is aware that many foreign media organisations are using Indian journalists for collecting news/documents; and

(d) if so, the steps taken to ban Indian journalists to work for foreign media organisations?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) All foreign journalists, regardless of the purpose of their visit, are issued a Journalist (J) visa. A Journalist visa is normally issued for a period of three months, with provision for a single entry. The Journalist visa carries an endorsement outlining the purpose of the visit. The only case when a foreign journalist is not issued a Journalist visa is when he/she seeks employment in an Indian media organisation, in which case he/she is issued an Employment (E) visa.

(b) The number of Journalist visas issued during the last three years, country-wise, is enclosed at ANNEXURETamil.pdf

(c) & (d) A number of foreign media organizations use the services of Indian media persons in accordance with the prevailing laws and as per mutual understanding between these private parties.

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