Press Council

  • AAP blames news channels, defends Arvind Kejriwal's paid media remark 14-03-2014 01:40 PM

    New Delhi: A press conference called by the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday turned into a warzone between journalists and the party spokespersons over AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's recent attack on the media. At a charity dinner in Nagpur, Kejriwal had said that he will send all the "paid media...
  • Centre seeks Maharashtra government's view on reducing term of Sanjay Dutt 23-10-2013 05:49 PM

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has sought Maharashtra government's opinion on reducing sentence of Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts. The move came after Press Council of India chief Justice (retd) Markandey Katju petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee seeking relief for the actor and two others, including a...
  • Katju to Manipur CM: Ensure newspapers can function normally 04-09-2013 04:53 PM

    The Press Council of India (PCI) has asked Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to take steps to ensure that newspapers in his state, which have been receiving threats from militants, can function normally. In a letter addressed to Singh, PCI chairperson Justice (retd) Markandey Katju said that he had...
  • Katju apologises for his 'fools' remark 24-08-2013 03:35 PM

    Press Council of India Chairperson Justice (retd) Markandey Katju apologised to people on Saturday whose feelings he may have hurt by his "90 percent of Indians are fools" remark or other statements. "Some people have been aggrieved by my statement that 90 percent Indians are fools and some other statements....
  • Telecom regulator asked to give views soon on media FDI caps 22-08-2013 02:19 AM

    New Delhi: The information and broadcasting ministry has requested Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to speed up its response on the existing sectoral caps of FDI in the broadcast sector, an official release said. The ministry has also urged Press Council of India (PCI) to give its advice soon...
  • Mumbai: Plea seeking amendment of PCI Act for Katju's removal in HC 15-04-2013 09:53 PM

    Mumbai: A petition has been filed by a journalist in Bombay High Court alleging gross abuse of position by the Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju and pleaded that the relevant law be amended to allow removal of a PCI chief. The Ministry of Law and Justice, Minister...
  • Katju writes to President seeking pardon for Bhullar 13-04-2013 08:25 PM

    New Delhi: Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking pardon for Devender Pal Singh Bhullar who has been awarded death sentence in connection with the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case. Katju's letter comes close on the heels of a two-judge bench...
  • Private newspapers published in Myanmar after 50 years 01-04-2013 02:50 PM

    Yangon: Four private daily newspapers started temporary publication on Monday, signifying the re-introduction of private daily newspapers in the Southeast Asian nation after a gap of five decades. The four daily newspapers put into circulation are Pyidaungsu Daily (Union Daily), Shwe Naing Ngan Thit Daily (Golden Freshland Daily), San Taw...
  • Delhi gangrape: 'Rape isn't India's only problem' 19-12-2012 03:11 PM

    New Delhi: True to form, Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju slammed the horrific Delhi gang rape but cautioned people against creating a hype around a single incident while unemployment, farmers' suicide and lack of healthcare remain pressing problems that need to be tackled immediately. Katju, known for his astute...
  • Katju: Don't regard Indians as stupid or foolish 17-12-2012 12:08 PM

    New Delhi: Facing a barrage of protests for his comment that "90 per cent of Indians are fools", Press Council Chairman Markandey Katju has clarified that he does not regard Indians as inherently stupid or foolish. Katju wrote an elaborate defense of his statement directly addressing two students Tanaya and...
  • 90 per cent Indians are idiots: Markandey Katju 08-12-2012 10:59 PM

    New Delhi: Ninety per cent of Indians are "idiots" who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju claimed on Saturday. "I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don't have brains in your...
  • Freedom of press not an absolute right: Katju 17-11-2012 02:36 AM

    New Delhi: Contending that press freedom is "not an absolute right", Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju on Friday said that freedom of press "must" be "crushed" if media's functioning leads to backwardness and "lowers the standard of living of people". The former Supreme Court judge, who is known...
  • I'm a well-wisher of media, not its enemy: Justice Katju 16-11-2012 04:09 PM

    Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju, who has had a few run-ins with the media, said that he was no enemy and only wished well for the Fourth Estate. On National Press Day, Justice Katju said, "I regard the Indian media as Lord Hanuman and my self as Jamwant." ...
  • Katju slams politicians for intolerance towards media 25-10-2012 12:04 AM

    New Delhi: Slamming the "ugly display of temper" by Virbhadra Singh after he threatened to break cameras of mediapersons, Press Council chief Markandey Katju on Wednesday said such increasingly intolerant behaviour by politicians against journalists was unacceptable in democracy. "It is deeply regrettable that certain politicians are of late becoming...
  • Katju compares Sunny Leone to Mary Magdalene 09-01-2012 03:31 PM

    New Delhi: Wading into the debate over appearance of Sunny Leone on reality show Big Boss, Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju on Monday said the American porn star's past should not be held against her if her behaviour in India is "socially acceptable". Leone, when she was...
  • Katju criticizes media over Dev Anand's death 06-12-2011 07:51 PM

    Kolkata: Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju, who has stirred a hornet's nest with his critical comments about the media, today attacked the prominence given to the coverage of actor Dev Anand's death. Putting the news of an actor's death on the front page when farmers were committing suicide and...
  • Katju pushes for Bharat Ratna for Sarat Chandra 06-12-2011 04:40 PM

    Kolkata: Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on Tuesday strongly advocated awarding 'Bharat Ratna' to late Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, describing him as one of the greatest writers of the world. "I would appeal to (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee to take up with the President of...
  • 'My media criticism wasn't taken in right spirit' 06-12-2011 04:16 AM

    Kolkata: Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju on Monday said his criticism of the media was not taken in the right spirit and a diatribe was launched against him. "When I criticised the media for what it was doing, my intention was not to destroy it, but to...
  • Press group to charge police who beat media 02-12-2011 09:30 PM

    New Delhi: The head of India's Press Council told top security officials he would bring criminal charges against any police officers and paramilitary troops who attack journalists. Markandey Katju's strong defense of media safety followed repeated assaults on reporters covering demonstrations in Kashmir. Police in the tumultuous region wrote in...
  • 'Most Indian are of very low intellectual level' 25-11-2011 11:34 PM

    New Delhi: After his controversial remarks about the media Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has said "most people in India are of a very low intellectual level, steeped in casteism, communalism, superstitions and all kinds of feudal and backward ideas". Given this, the argument that the media...
  • Katju insists on independent body to regulate media 22-11-2011 12:38 AM

    New Delhi: Asking whether the electronic media was really free or under the control of corporates who have hired them, Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has insisted that he wants regulation of the news channels by an independent statutory authority free of government control. Katju's response came on remarks...
  • Self-regulation is no regulation: Justice Katju 07-11-2011 07:19 PM

    New Delhi: Dismissive about the self-regulatory mechanism of the News Broadcast industry, the Press Council of India chairman, Justice Markandey Katju, on Monday said if TV channels did not want to come under the Press Council they should choose another body like Lokpal. "Self-regulation is no regulation" and news organisations...
  • Editors Guild slams Katju for media remarks 01-11-2011 10:07 PM

    New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has severely criticised comments made by Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju on the media. The Guild said that Justice Katju's words had touched a new low in the discourse over the functioning of the media and it totally opposed the...
  • Editors Guild opposes powers sought by PCI chief 01-11-2011 07:23 PM

    New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has condemned the scathing remarks of the new chairman of Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, on the media. The Guild has also strongly opposed powers sought by Justice Katju to impose fines, withdraw ads and to suspend the licence to publish...
  • Media deliberately dividing people: PCI Chief 30-10-2011 01:08 PM

    New Delhi: Speaking to Karan Thapar, the new Chairman of the Press Council of India Markandey Katju slammed the media saying that he is very disappointed with the way in which the Indian media works. Katju also said that the media is not working for the interest of the people...
  • Bring TV under Press Council ambit: PCI Chief 30-10-2011 08:06 AM

    New Delhi: The Chairman of the Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju has strongly criticised the way Television news channels function. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he said that a proposal to bring the electronic media under the Press Council's ambit is pending before the Prime Minister....