'Disappointed' that media council plan did not work out: Markandey Katju

Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju on Tuesday said he is "disappointed" that his proposal for inclusion of TV news channels in a larger Media Council was not accepted.

New Delhi: Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju on Tuesday said he is "disappointed" that his proposal for inclusion of TV news channels in a larger Media Council was not accepted.

At an interaction with reporters organised by the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC) here, former Supreme Court judge Katju said "yes, of course" when asked whether he was disappointed that his proposal did not find takers.

"Press Council deals with only the print media and does not have jurisdiction over electronic media; however, journalistic ethics apply to both," Katju said.

He said that after becoming the PCI chairman, he had submitted a memorandum to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he made a case for an expanded council under the new name of Media Council and including members of the electronic media.

The proposal, however, was not accepted and the electronic media did not want it, he added.

Katju also questioned the self-regulation mechanism adopted by the electronic news media and said that, under it, fines of only a limited quantum could be imposed.  

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