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?
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
(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.