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Com. Kosuri Amarnath, one of the leading personalities of working journalists union movement in the country died on Tuesday

Press Note

Hyderabad, 20 April 2021: Com. Kosuri Amarnath, one of the leading personalities of working journalists union movement in the country died on Tuesday. He was 69. Few days back Amarnath was admitted to NIMS, Hyderabad with covid and breathed his last there. He is survived by his wife and son. In a long span of 40 years of unionism Amarnath made himself invaluable to the journalist movement with his insight into issues concerning the profession of journalism, rights and welfare of journalists and freedom of press.

An untiring comrade known for his ‘never accept defeat’ attitude, Amarnath made his mark in the Press Council of India. He was member of PCI for two terms representing Indian Journalists Union (IJU).Heading a PCI committee on attacks against journalists, Amarnath extensively toured across the country and submitted a detailed report in which he made out a case for the necessity of a separate statute for the safety of working journalists.

Amarnath served Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) as its President for one term in the undivided State of Andhra Pradesh. He was IJU Secretary for three terms. Born in a large family in Mamuduru village of West Godavari District, Amarnath first started his career as a staff member of UPSC in Delhi. Ten years later he left that job and joined Andhra Bhoomi daily desk in Hyderabad as an editorial team member. He retired there in 2010 as News Editor. Later he worked in NSS as Special Correspondent and in Hans India as Asst Editor.

Four years back Amarnath took up the Editorship of ‘Scribes News’, a specialised magazine dedicated to the issues of journalists. He was editing the monthly magazine run by IJU till the last. A journalist with left leanings, Amarnath was known for his phenomenal memory power.

K. Sreenivas Reddy, President, IJU, Devulapalli Amar, former President, Ambati Anjaneyulu, Vice President, Y. Narender Reddy, Secretary, Alapati Suresh Kumar, D. Somsundar, K. Satyanaratana, D. Krishna Reddy, National Executive Committee members of IJU and M. A. Majid, Member, PCI, I. V. Subba Rao, Chandu Janardhan, President and General Secretary of APUWJ, N Sekhar, Virahath Ali President and General Secretary of Telangana State Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) expressed deep sorrow and anguish over the demise of their comrade in arms.

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