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Press Council of India reconstituted

Jun 1, 2018 09:41 IST
    Press Council of India reconstituted
    Press Council of India reconstituted

    The Union Government on May 31, 2018 reconstituted the Press Council of India (PCI) for a three-year term. However, the names under medium newspaper category have not been declared yet as the matter related to it is sub-judice.

    Members of the newly reconstituted PCI body

    Category

    Nominated Members

    Working Journalists-Editors

    Chandramani Raghuvanshi, Uttam Chandra Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Jain, Om Prakash Khemkarni, Sayed Razza Husain Rizvi and Baldev Raj Gupta.

    Working journalists Other than Editors

    Amar Devulapalli, Balwinder Singh Jammu, Sarat Chandra Behera, Pravat Kumar Dash, M A Majid, Kamal Nain Narang and Chhayakanta Nayak.

    Big newspapers category

    Vijay Kumar Chopra and Rakesh Sharma

    Small newspapers category

    Shayam Singh Panwar and Keshav Dutt Chandola

    Persons who manage news agencies

    Ashok Upadhyay, editor of United News of India (UNI),

    Nomination of members of the reconstituted PCI

    • On March 16, 2018, the government notified the names of eight nominated members of the reconstituted PCI.

    • Parliamentarians nominated to the new body were Meenakshi Lekhi, TG Venkatesh Babu, Prathap Simha, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe and Swapan Dasgupta.

    • Uttam Chandra Sharma, Pravat Kumar Dash, K Sreenivasarao, Meenakshi Lekhi and Chhayakanta Nayak were nominated for the second term in the revamped PCI.

    • Members nominated to the PCI from different organisations were Sushma Yadav from the UGC, Manan Kumar Mishra from the Bar Council of India and K Sreenivasarao from the Sahitya Akademi.

    • Later on May 22, 2018, former Supreme Court judge CK Prasad was appointed as the Chairman of the PCI for a second term.

    Why category of medium newspapers is a matter of judiciary?

    The Government has yet not announced the names of two members from the category of medium newspapers as it is the matter of sub-judice.

    Earlier, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) had moved the Delhi High Court against the PCI’s decision to reject the nomination of Hormusji N Cama in the category of medium newspapers. Hormusji is the owner of the Mumbai Samachar weekly and a member of the INS.

    The court had stayed the council’s decision. The INS had accused the PCI chief of biased selection of new members. However, the claims were rejected by the PCI as it asserted that the laid down rules were followed in the process of induction of new members.

    Press Council of India

    • The Press Council of India was first set up in 1966 by the Parliament on the recommendations of the First Press Commission with the object of preserving the freedom of the press.
    • It is a statutory body with a mandate to act as a watchdog to oversee the conduct of the print media.
    • Currently, it derives its mandate from Press Council Act, 1978.
    • According to the Press Council Act, 1978, the council shall consist of a chairman and 28 other members.
    • Its chairman, by convention, shall be a retired judge of the Supreme Court.
    • Of 28 other members, 20 are nominated from the press and 5 members are nominated from the two Houses of Parliament and 3 represent cultural, literary and legal fields as nominees of the Sahitya Akademi, University Grants Commission and the Bar Council of India.
    • Most recently, the council was reconstituted for three years in October 2014 and its term ended in October 2017.

     

     

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