Showing posts from May, 2006

Irresponsible censorship & advertising

The subjective reporting in which Rajat Sharmas of India TV indulge in routine manner must be criticised. Last night while reading the news about how Gujarat Government has ensured that the Cinema Halls in Gujarat would not allow the screening of Aamir Khan's forthcoming film Fanaa in the state, Sharma said, Aamir Khan's involvement in the issue was uncalled for. He should have kept himself confined to movies.

The reason for Fanaa's boycott being that Aamir Khan had supported the victims of Narmada Dam project who were seeking just rehablitation Aamir Khan-starrer Fanaa is going to be released on May 26. It is no one's case that Khan is activist. Had he been so he would not have been advertising for Coca Cola company, which has robbed the villagers in Kerela and Madhya Pradesh of their ground water but such support to the autocracy of the state is unbecoming of media persons.

It is the same mindset of the Indian government which has put on hold the Friday release of &…

Office-bearers of Press Council of India, 9th Term Members

Office-bearers of Press Council of India

Chairman, Justice Ganendra Narayan Ray

Secretary, Mrs Vibha Bhargava

9th Term Members

1 K. Sachidananda Murthy
Malayala Manorama,
2/11, INS Building, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi-1
Tel. 23715210, 23325565
Mobile: 9818987555
Fax No.2371657

2 Vyas Kundan Ramanlal
Janambhoomi Newspapers,
Janambhoomi Bhawan,
Janambhoomi Marg, Fort,
Mumbai-400 001.
Fax 22874097,

3 Jagjit Singh Dardi
593, SST Nagar, Patiala,
Resi. 844, SST Nagar,
Patiala Punjab.
Tel. 0175-2370301, 5001774
Mobile: 9815592166

4 Uttam Chandra Sharma
224, Civil Lines South,
Muzaffarnagar-251 002. (U.P.)
Tel. 0131-2403032, 2403058(O)
2402810(R ) 09837042840, 09412710840

5 Rajeeva Kumar Arora
Gandiva Hindi Daily
First Floor, VDA Shopping Complex,
Nichi Bagh, Varanasi-221001
Tel. 2412540(O)
2392969(Editorial) 2392979 (Advt.)

6 Hiranmay Karlekar
The Pioneer, Link House, 2nd Floor,
B.S. Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002.
Tel. (Off) 2375…

How to Make a Complain to Press Council of India?

Complaints Procedure

If you have a complaint against a newspaper, for any publication which you find objectionable and effects you personally, or non-publication of a material, you should first take it up with the editor or other representative of the publication concerned.

If the complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may refer it to the Press Council of India. The complaint must be specific and in writing and should be filed/lodged within two months of the publication of impugned news item in case of dailies and weeklies and four months in all other cases, along with the original/photostat copy of the impugned clipping ( English translation if the matter is in vernacular ). You must state in what manner the publication/non publication of the matter is objectionable within the meaning of the Press Council Act, 1978 and enclose a copy of your letter to the editor, pointing out why you consider the matter objectionable. His reply thereto or published rejoinder, if any, may a…

Reservation in IIMC

Union Human Resources Development Minister, Arjun Singh's proposal to increase
the reservation quota from 22.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent, with a whopping 27
per cent reservation to OBCs in all centrally funded educational institutions.

These institutions include 20-odd central universities and the IITs and IIMs
but also six central medical colleges including AIIMS, the National Law School
at Bangalore and Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

IAS Officers Undermine IIMC

The very fact that senior faculty members have left and are leaving Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) shows
how IAS officers from Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry have taken over IIMC, which is an autonomous body registered as a society with journalists
like N. Ram, Raghav Behl, Shekhar Gupta, Rajdeep Sardesai, Alok Mehta, Hari Jai Singh, Bharat Bhushan, Seema Chisty and activists like Aruna Roy (former IAS
Officer) as its members. It is needless to state the obvious that the IIMC Society is non-functional. It is high time they met and took stock of the

Initially it was believed that S K Arora, IAS and Praveen Kumar Tripathi, IAS
who are Chairman and Director of IIMC respectively are do not inclined to
continue in their ex-officio capacity besides being Secretaries in I&B Ministry.

Arora replaced Navin Chawla, the then Secretary I&B Ministry who is now an
Election Commissioner against whom a PIL has filed seeking his disqualification.

Like Chawla, A…