PAID NEWS

  • J&K polls: Committee set up in Reasi to keep a check on 'paid news' October 29, 2014

    Jammu: To keep a check on "paid news" in the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Reasi district authorities on Wednesday constituted a media certification and monitoring committee. "District election officer Shabir Ahmed Bhatt constituted the media certification and monitoring committee, besides establishing a media-monitoring cell to keep...
  • Congress complains to EC against Marathi channels' retelecast of PM Modi's Madison Square speech October 13, 2014

    Mumbai: The Congress has approached the Election Commission after some Marathi channels on Sunday night retelecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at Madison Square Gardens in New York. The Maharashtra state unit has sent letters to the state and central election commissions complaining this is a violation of model code...
  • Maharashtra polls: EC serves notice to 7 candidates over paid news October 9, 2014

    Parbhani: The Election Commission's district media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) has served notices for paid news to seven candidates after it was found that news published in several newspapers was "similar". Notices have been served to Maharashtra Assembly election candidates of Congress, NCP, BJP, Shiv sena, RPI, Shivsangram, MNS...
  • Paid news should attract disqualification: VS Sampath September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Paid news should be made an electoral offence that attracts disqualification so that it acts as a deterrent, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Sunday suggested and said inadequacies in legal framework were not allowing the poll panel to effectively check this and other malpractices. He also said that...
  • Paid news case: SC directs Delhi HC to decide disqualification of Ashok Chavan within 15 days August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Delhi High Court to decide on the disqualification of Ashok Chavan over the paid news issue in the next 15 days. The Delhi High Court had earlier stayed an Election Commission showcause notice to the former Maharashtra Chief Minister in July. The...
  • Paid news case: Delhi HC stays EC notice against Ashok Chavan July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has stayed the Election Commission showcause notice against former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. The Election Commission had issued a notice to Chavan for failing to lodge his election expenses as per law in the 2009 paid news case. The EC had on July...
  • Paid news: Have done no wrong, will respond to EC notice, says Ashok Chavan July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has claimed that the Election Commission has not found him guilty of paid news. Defending himself, he said that he will respond to the EC notice. "I have done no wrong, the EC has categorically ruled out the paid news controversy, please refer...
  • Poll panel's notice to Ashok Chavan in paid news case July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday issued notice to former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in a paid news case, asking why he should not be disqualified. The poll panel said Chavan has failed to file his election expenses in the prescribed format. "The commission has hereby decided that the respondent...
  • Election Commission cautions media on 'paid news' July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday cautioned the media on the issue of 'paid news' by asking it to show "greater responsibility" with suitable disclaimers, particularly during election time. "The minimum that is expected of ethical journalism is that the reader is cautioned by suitable disclaimers while such articles are...
  • EC rejects Ashok Chavan's explanation in paid news case July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In fresh trouble for former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, the Election Commission on Sunday rejected his explanation in the paid news case and asked him to submit his representation within 20 days. slapped a show cause notice on him for failing to lodge his election expenses as per...
  • EC conducts final hearing in Chavan 'paid news' case June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commission today conducted the final hearing in the case of alleged "paid news" and furnishing of "incorrect" election accounts against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. The full bench of the EC comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and...
  • Ashok Chavan paid news case: EC frames fivepoint charges May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday framed five specific charges against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the alleged 'paid news' case and furnishing of 'incorrect' election accounts case against him. The EC, after framing the charges, also asked the complainants in the case to furnish all their...
  • EC to frame charges against Ashok Chavan next week May 23, 2014

    The Election Commission on Friday decided to frame charges against former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and begin a regular hearing from May 30 in the alleged 'paid news' and furnishing of 'incorrect' election accounts case against him. A team of lawyers of Chavan, who recently won the Lok Sabha polls...
  • Paid news: EC official says will disqualify Chavan if he's guilty May 13, 2014

    Jatin Desai, a member of the Maharashtra Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (an Election Commission body) has said that former CM Ashok Chavan will be disqualified if found guilty in the paid news case. "It is a clear cut case of paid news. In his election expenditure, total advertisement has...
  • Paid news: Ashok Chavan summoned by EC, faces disqualification May 13, 2014

    Mumbai: In a setback for former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, the Election Commission has summoned him for a hearing on May 23 in the paid news case. Chavan is accused of running paid news in newspapers during the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly polls. The Supreme Court had last week ruled...
  • EC can probe paid news, disqualify those lying about poll expenses: SC May 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Election Commission can probe complaints of paid news and disqualify candidates lying about their poll expenses. The remarks came in the backdrop of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan challenging Election Commission jurisdiction to probe his poll expenses. The Supreme Court...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai April 30, 2014

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  • News 360: Voters beat the heat, high turnout in phase 7 of LS polls April 30, 2014

    Good turnout in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections as voters brave the heat to vote across 89 Constituencies in 7 States and 2 Union Territories. West Bengal records a high of 83 per cent and heavy in Telangana and Punjab. ...
  • Maharashtra: EC holds Milind Deora, Sanjay Nirupam guilty of paid news April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday found four Maharashtra candidates guilty of resorting to paid news. The EC named Milind Deora, Sanjay Nirupam, Vishwajeet Kadam and Anil Shirole as the four candidates who allegedly indulged in paid news. While Deora, Nirupam and Kadam are Congress candidates from Mumbai South, Mumbai...
  • LS polls: Deora, Nirupam among four found guilty of paid news by EC April 29, 2014

    Mumbai: An Election Commission panel has held four Lok Sabha election candidates in Maharashtra guilty of resorting to paid news. In all, 84 complaints of paid news were received by a committee specially set up to keep a watch on paid news. Complaints against Congress candidates Union Minister of State...
  • Election Commission puts paid news in perspective March 25, 2014

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news, if found to praise a particular candidate and projected that candidate as the winner. ECI Director Dhirendra Ojha was answering a question...
  • LS polls: EC to come down hard on 'paid news' in electronic media March 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Voicing concern over the practice of paid news, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev on Wednesday said the Election Commission will put special focus on electronic media in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls to curb the menace. Addressing a workshop on media's role in the...
  • Kejriwal on journalists' hit list after his remarks on 'paid media' March 14, 2014

    It was Arvind Kejriwal's alleged comment at a party fundraiser dinner in Nagpur on Thursday where he allegedly said that media is paid and he will put those journalists along with others in jail when he comes to power which sparked a storm. The AAP chief has now denied making...
  • Once a media favourite, Kejriwal mocks journalists, earns their ire March 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal whose fame is often credited to media is under severe criticism for his volley of attacks on journalists. Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju lashed out at Kejriwal saying that his remarks about media were irresponsible. While admitting that paid news was...
  • EC sets up committee to check paid news March 6, 2014

    The Election Commission (EC) has set up a committee to check the practice of paid news during Lok Sabh polls. The Commission has appointed Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at district and state-level, which will scrutinise all media within its jurisdiction to identify political advertisement in the garb of...
  • EC seeks cooperation from media, journalists against paid news March 5, 2014

    Election Commission has sought "active cooperation" of media houses and journalists to deal with the menace of paid news during elections. "Commission has taken some well considered steps to deal with the menace of paid news in elections, after persistent requests were received from media delegations and other sections of...
  • Want paid news to be made electoral offence, says VS Sampath December 21, 2013

    The Election Commission has recommended to the Law Ministry to treat all paid news as an electoral offence since it had been causing "maximum damage" to the electoral process, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said on Saturday. "Corruption implications of paid news has its impact on every one... media, candidates and...
  • Delhi records highest poll code violations in history December 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi on Wednesday recorded the highest number of violations of the Model Code of Conduct in the history of assembly elections, the Election Commission said. The number of First Information Reports (FIRs) against political parties this time was the highest at 346. Of the total, 105 were against Aam Aadmi...
  • Rajasthan polls: EC seizes liquor worth Rs 29.10 crore, cash Rs 12 crore December 2, 2013

    Election Commissionappointed teams seized Rs 12.89 crore cash and registered 31 cases of paid news in Rajasthan where polling for the state Assembly was held on Sunday. According to official data, liquor valued at Rs 29.10 crore, narcotic drugs worth Rs 5.49 crore and other inducements (sarees, gifts) worth Rs 5.68...
  • Election officer finds seven cases of 'paid news' in Raigarh November 7, 2013

    The District Election Officer has found as many as seven cases of 'paid news' so far in Raigarh, and directed that expenses incurred in publishing such paid political propaganda be added to poll expenditures of the concerned political parties. Considering seven different news articles published in four local Hindi dailies as...