Paid News

  • Election Commission puts paid news in perspective 25-03-2014 12:10 PM

    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...
  • LS polls: EC to come down hard on 'paid news' in electronic media 19-03-2014 08:53 PM

    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' 14-03-2014 11:37 PM

    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 14-03-2014 10:00 PM

    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...
  • EC sets up committee to check paid news 06-03-2014 06:38 PM

    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 05-03-2014 05:00 PM

    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 21-12-2013 05:38 PM

    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...
  • Delhi records highest poll code violations in history 04-12-2013 10:57 PM

    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...
  • Rajasthan polls: EC seizes liquor worth Rs 29.10 crore, cash Rs 12 crore 02-12-2013 10:30 AM

    Election Commission-appointed 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...
  • Election officer finds seven cases of 'paid news' in Raigarh 07-11-2013 06:51 PM

    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...
  • Large-scale practice of 'paid news' in Gujarat polls: PCI 18-12-2012 06:06 PM

    New Delhi: Delhi Union of Journalists on Tuesday expressed serious concern over reports of "octopus-like" grip of 'paid news' in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls and demanded inquiry as well as action to check the practice. "Paid news is a blot not only on the press but also to...
  • Reduce sensationalism, PM tells media 02-01-2012 02:04 PM

    New Delhi: Ruling out any outside regulation of the media, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said the media in the country can itself take care of the 'ills' like paid news and urged it to reduce sensationalism in coverage. ...
  • No outside control needed for media: PM 02-01-2012 12:36 PM

    New Delhi: Ruling out any outside regulation of the media, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said the media in the country can itself take care of the 'ills' like paid news and urged it to reduce sensationalism in coverage. "I am very happy that the media of our country...
  • Relief for Ashok Chavan in paid news case 03-11-2011 01:26 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday put a stay order on the proceedings against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan by the Election commision (EC). The EC was to proceed on a complaint made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against Ashok Chavan that he had under valued his election...
  • PM voices concern over paid news syndrome 06-06-2011 08:55 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday expressed concern over the paid news syndrome saying it was unfortunate that some journalists forget their dignity for petty gains. Presenting the KC Kulish International Awards instituted by Hindi daily 'Rajasthan Patrika' to African journalists at a function here, he said journalists...
  • Transparency of Indian media under scrutiny 03-05-2011 07:32 PM

    New Delhi: Transparency was the key question that the Indian media faced through 2010, with "paid news" and "cash for coverage" remaining in public focus throughout the year, a report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Tuesday on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. "The media...
  • Editors Guild of India against sale of news 23-12-2009 08:43 PM

    Editors Guild of India decides to create moral pressure on news organisations. ...