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 Up loaded on Sunday August 29, 2010

Corporatisation to blame for paid news:PCI

 chairman G.N. Ray


         Press 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 in  Indian Media.

2). Paid news: Press Council's sham report to hide Indian media's shame.

3).Paid news undermining democracy: Press Council report

4).Declare paid news an electoral malpractice, demands  political parties.

5).‘Paid News’ issue raised in Rajya Sabha under Calling Attention Motion.

6)."Paid news" culture is only a symptom of a deeper disease says, Prasar Bharati chairperson Mrinal Pandey.

7).Editors Guild condemns paid news practice.

8).Has paid news turned media into a 'lap dog'?

9).India's "Paid News" Scandal Blotted Out by Press Lords.

10).Private Treaties 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 corporate sector

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