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Karnataka polls: Paid news to come under scrutiny

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 15:54
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Karnataka polls: Paid news to come under scrutiny Bangalore: Election Officers would keep a hawk-eyed vigil on "paid news" in the run-up to the May 5 Karnataka Assembly polls.

State Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha Tuesday issued directions to all District Election Officers (DEO) to set up district-level media certification and monitoring committees (MCMCs) to check "paid news" during the electioneering.

The Chief Electoral Office would make use of the existing provisions of law to arrest the incidence of "paid news" or surrogate advertisements in print and electronic media, he said in a statement here.

Karnataka polls: Paid news to come under scrutiny The DEO in each district would do vigorous scrutiny of all newspapers published or having circulation in the district in order to locate political advertisement in the garb of news coverage appearing within the election period, Jha said.

He said the DEOs would closely monitor advertisements released in print media in any form including surrogate advertising in the form of news.

Karnataka polls: Paid news to come under scrutiny "The DEOs would also serve notices to candidates and political parties where called for, so that expenses incurred are duly reflected in the account of the concerned candidate and party," he added.

PTI

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First Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 15:54
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Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan - Bangalore
The true fact is that the media does not rely on its real users but entirely depend on advertisements that are published in the name of paid news. scribes contact people for advertisements even during press conference and after. These things along with buying of votes have to be videographed by true lovers of democracy and published in Internet and YouTube.
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