NEW DELHI: The Press Council of India, the watchdog for print media in India, has knowledgeable its members that it has resolved to point out to the Union authorities to make “honest amendments” to the existing Press Council Act, 1978 “to incorporate digital media, recordsdata channels, e-papers, social media etc beneath one regulations”.
The letter, sent out to PCI members on September 29, says that the resolution to point out a ‘Media Council’ became once in continuation of the council’s belief that “when the print media has a watchdog in the Press Council of India, in the conception of the council, clearly, something parallel is essentially useful for the total media”, in conjunction with newspapers and periodicals in print or completely different accomplish, e-newspapers, recordsdata portals, social media “and any completely different platforms of recordsdata dissemination besides digital media (TV channels as moreover radio)”.
On this regard, PCI has acknowledged it has “resolved to bring to the Government of India the recommendations of the Council to enact a single regulations as a intention to incorporate your complete aforesaid media in line of the Press Council Act 1978”. A proposal to point out the constructing of a Media Council has been beneath discussion at the Press Council since 2015, the place it had pitched for the expanding its remit in light of the “spurt in digital/on-line media platforms”.
Sources instantaneous TOI that the authorities is, on the opposite hand, working in the route of an all-encompassing and convergent media council, discussions around that were moreover held at some level of a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on recordsdata technology on October 15. The meeting, complaints of that were reported by TOI, seen submissions by PCI chairman, Prasar Bharati chief executive and I&B secretary, and is understood to have discussed the need for any such media council with sub-groups to control completely different platforms.