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Corporatisation to blame for paid
Council of India (PCI) chairman G.N. Ray has blamed corporatisation and
monopolisation of the media for the new trend of ‘paid news' and called upon
civil society to press for legislation to curb it.
Inaugurating a national seminar on ‘Paid News — A Threat to
Democracy,' organised by the Indian Journalists Union here, Mr. Ray,
pointing to the paradigm shift in the media, said national newspapers and
the electronic media were in corporate hands, with the focus on higher
profits through the sale of news as a commodity.
Referring to a Supreme Court ruling on the need to rule out potential
bias, he said paid news was prevalent in other fields as well, but
newspapers should disclose details so that the reader can judge whether the
news is biased or not. “There should be an understanding on the core issues.
But due to political compulsion, these are lost,” he said.
Mr. Ray rejected the charge that the PCI had suppressed the report of
its two-member sub-committee that probed the allegations of paid news in the
2009 general elections. Clarifying that the sub-committee report was not
that of the PCI, the chairman said it was the drafting committee's majority
decision not to include the entire report in the final recommendations in
the absence of clinching evidence. He said the drafting committee was
composed of people representing various sections and the newspaper owners
were not the majority in it.
Delivering the keynote address, K. Kesava Rao, a member of the PCI
and Congress Working Committee, said the Supreme Court, Parliament, jurists,
writers and eminent persons had come out against the phenomenon of paid
news. “But we are yet to come to a consensus on how to handle it.”He warned
that the phenomenon would continue to trouble the fourth estate and
legislation by Parliament alone cannot curb this.
Please read our earlier stories related to" Paid
News" &'‘Private Treaties’'
1).Paid News: A Cancer
Paid news: Press Council's sham report to
hide Indian media's shame.
3).Paid news undermining democracy:
Press Council report
an electoral malpractice, demands political parties.
5).‘Paid News’ issue raised in Rajya Sabha under Calling
6)."Paid news" culture is only a symptom of a
deeper disease says,
chairperson Mrinal Pandey.
7).Editors Guild condemns paid news
news turned media into a 'lap dog'?
News" Scandal Blotted Out by Press Lords.
harm fair, unbiased news: SEBI.
11).'Paid news' a major threat to
electoral democracy: P.Sainath
12).Press Release of SEBI Regarding
Mandatory disclosures by the media of its stake in
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