New Delhi: The Editors Guild on Tuesday termed as
"ill-considered" the comments made by the new Press Council of
India Chairman Markandey Katju against the media and vowed to
oppose any move by it to assume "draconian" powers and bring
the electronic media under its ambit.
Alleging that Katju has been making negative statements
ever since he assumed office, the Guild said his comments in
an interview last week "touched a new low".
"The Editors Guild of India deplores the ill-considered,
sweeping and uninformed comments on the media and media
professionals by the new chairman of the Press Council of
India Justice Markandey Katju," the Editors Guild said in a
In a recent interview, Katju had said he held a "poor
opinion" of media personnel in general accusing them of often
working in an "anti-people" manner and advocating more teeth
to the council to regulate them.
He had also said that he had written to the Prime
Minister for inclusion of TV channels under the Press Council
and renaming it as the Media Council.
"Press freedom is a bulwark for the Indian people against
the onslaught of people in authority, and the Guild will
firmly oppose the assumption of any draconian powers by a
Press Council that was created with an altogether different
purpose," the Guild said.
Further, as the very name of the Council suggests, only
the print media comes within the Council`s ambit, it said.
"The issues and drivers of the electronic media are such
that they call for separate regulation. Therefore the Guild
firmly believes that the Press Council should have its brief
limited to the print media, as it is at the present," the