Press Council of India
The Press Council of India is a statutory body responsible for adjudicating the press in India. It was formed in 1966 by an act of parliament.
What is the Press Council of India?
- The Press Council of India is a self-regulatory body for the press.
- It operates on a principle similar to that of democracy i.e. of the press, for the press and by the press.
- The council is operated under the Press Council Act of 1978 and comprises of a council which has a chairman and 28 additional members.
- While the chairman of the PCI is usually a retired Supreme Court judge, the additional members are members of media who are nominated by the newspapers, television channels and other media outlets working in India.
- The council also has 5 are members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
- The PCI is responsible for accepting the complaints which are made against and by the press in matters which are related to a journalist or a media organization’s ethical failures.
- The Council is responsible to investigate, issue a report and can also “warn, admonish, censure or disapprove” the parties it finds at fault.
- However, the PCI has no powers to enforce nor impose any penalty on the individual journalists and publications.
Code of conduct of the Press in India
- The Press Council of India (PCI) issues the “Norms of Journalistic Conduct”.
- This code of conduct is one of the two journalism-related codes used in India.