Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed a new Information Minister on September 2 on the eve of a nationwide strike by journalists protesting at a restrictive new Press law.
INTERIOR SVS Mrs Gandhi seated on front bench watching swearing in of N.K.P. Salve as Minister for Information and Broadcasting; Salve saying oath of allegiance with President Zail Singh at his right shoulder; guards watching (3 shots)
EXTERIOR GV & SV newspaper offices: Patriot, Times and Hilap in Delhi (3 shots)
LV & CU Exterior Indian building (2 shots)
INTERIOR CU PAN & SV Silent teleprinters, typewriters at Press Trust of India (PTI) agency offices (2 shots)
CU EXTERIOR strike sign written in English outside PTI building
CU other strike signs in Hindi and English (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR AND TV PAN Police seated and walking on street patrol (2 shots)
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed a new Information Minister on September 2 on the eve of a nationwide strike by journalists protesting at a restrictive new Press law. In her second major Cabinet reshuffle since returning to power in January, 1980, Mrs. Gandhi chose Mr. N.K.P. Salve as new Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Me Salve was one of ten now ministers sworn in at the Presidential House in Delhi by President Zail Singh. The key ministries of foreign affairs, defence and finance were left unchanged. The new Information Minister had a difficult start to his tenure when the 100,000-strong Federation of Working Journalists led a one-day strike on September 3. They were protesting at a bill before the legislature of eastern Bihar state, run by Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party, which would make it an offence to write anything doemed scurrilous, or amounting to blackmail. The journalists have said the bill would stifle effective political opposition, but Mrs. Gandhi has said her political opponents were behind the protest. The union claimed a near total shutdown of newspapers and broadcasting in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. In Delhi itself, the main newspapers, the Patriot, Times and Milap were affected, and the leading news agency, the Press Trust of India, was not working. Some 500 journalists marched through the commercial centre of the capital, and only the staff of All-India radio and the pro-government daily, National Herald, continued to work.