'Paid news has resulted in media being more careful'
Coimbatore: The paid news syndrome has
resulted in the media becoming more careful while reporting
events and laying more focus on society, Press Council of
India chairman Justice G N Ray said on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters here, Ray said the Committee on
paid news has already submitted its report to the Government,
which would soon be placed in Parliament.
The media, being a vibrant partner of society, should
have a system of self-introspection and some limitations while
dealing with news and criticism or doing negative stories.
He referred to "exposes" on the Commonwealth Games,
saying over exposure and repeated trials on CWG would lower
the country's prestige.
Stating that newspapers are the mirror of society,
bringing together multi-ethnic, multi-lingual people, Ray said
it has also a great responsibility to restrain itself on
emotionally fragile issues like the Ayodhya title suit
To a question, he said PCI was considering bringing
the electronic media under its gambit and to set up a Media
Commission, with larger participation.
Asked if the PCI required more teeth or punitive
powers, Ray said it is not the Council's mandate and that it
did not want to punish any newspaper.
On a suggestion that there be an Act on the lines of
Section 353 (preventing government servants from discharging
their duties) of the IPC to protect journalists, he said this
would be brought to the government's notice.