The Press Club, Mumbai was founded in 1968 in conjunction with the Bombay Union of Journalists (BUJ) as a professional and cultural platform for journalists working in the city. The Press Club’s original objectives included encouraging the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news; helping educate a new generation of journalists; and contributing to expanding the freedom and independence of the Fourth Estate.
The idea of setting up a Press Club emerged in 1968. Journalists were the lowest-paid white-collar employees those days, and they had to fight every inch of the way to get their due. During the course of this struggle, they found that even in smaller cities such as Lucknow, Bhopal and Cochin, journalist unions had founded press clubs and had set up their own buildings. They decided that they should have one in Bombay too.
The all new Clubhouse
From 1970 to 2006, members and committees dreamed of improving the Press Club premises; and many a plan was made on the drawing board to build a modern clubhouse in the place of the old, asbestos-covered Mhada barracks. However, these remained dreams till finally in 2006 a committee headed by Devendra Mohan and Gurbir Singh launched an ambitious Rs 1.2 crore project for rebuilding a world class Clubhouse. The new, rebuilt Press Club was finally inaugurated by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh at a glittering ceremony on March 28, 2008.
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