Press Council

  • Katju kicks off debate, says Muslims should support Uniform Civil Code June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has kicked off a debate saying Muslims should support the demand for a Uniform Civil Code. He claimed that one of the reasons for the backwardness of Muslims is that there has been no modernisation of their personal law. Katju said, "There should...
  • AAP blames news channels, defends Arvind Kejriwal's paid media remark March 14, 2014

    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 October 23, 2013

    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 70...
  • Katju to Manipur CM: Ensure newspapers can function normally September 4, 2013

    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 been...
  • Katju apologises for his 'fools' remark August 24, 2013

    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. In...
  • Telecom regulator asked to give views soon on media FDI caps August 22, 2013

    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 on...
  • Mumbai: Plea seeking amendment of PCI Act for Katju's removal in HC April 15, 2013

    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 of...
  • Katju writes to President seeking pardon for Bhullar April 13, 2013

    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 dailies re-emerge in Myanmar, face difficulties April 2, 2013

    Yangon: Four private dailies hit the newsstands for the first time in almost 50 years in Myanmar on Monday, but many others failed to appear, hamstrung by poor financing, archaic equipment and a dearth of reporters. Sixteen dailies were granted licences by authorities, but only four were published. The government-affiliated Union Daily,...
  • Private newspapers published in Myanmar after 50 years April 1, 2013

    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...
  • Markandey Katju pitches for pardon for Sanjay Dutt March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Following the upholding of the sentencing of film star Sanjay Dutt to five years imprisonment by the Supreme Court in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju has appealed to Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor. In a statement issued in...
  • BJP demands Katju's resignation for his remarks on Modi February 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The Opposition on Sunday demanded resignation of the Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju in a counter-attack to Katju's recent article about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has made the demand in a signed article after Katju...
  • Katju warns of legal action if press wrongly denied govt ads February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out at governments for allegedly stopping advertisements to publications over "critical" articles, Press Council chairperson Markandey Katju on Monday said it will not tolerate such behaviour and shall take suitable legal action. Stopping advertisements or drastically reducing them merely because a critical article has been published, is totally...
  • Delhi gangrape: 'Rape isn't India's only problem' December 19, 2012

    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 and...
  • Katju: Don't regard Indians as stupid or foolish December 17, 2012

    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 December 9, 2012

    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 November 17, 2012

    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 November 16, 2012

    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 October 25, 2012

    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 increasingly...
  • NBSA to examine Jindal Steel's extortion charge against Zee News October 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) on Friday took up Jindal Steel's complaint against Zee News. Jindal Steel had filed an extortion case against the television news channel with the Press Council of India. However, in a press release, NBSA said, "The complaint filed by Jindal Steel Ltd regarding...
  • CNN-IBN India Positive awards: Justice Katju praises media October 5, 2012

    Positive journalism finally found recognition at CNN-IBN's 'India Positive' awards show on Thursday night. The event, that was sponsored by the Jaypee Group, felicitated 13 individuals, including Jharkhand's acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee. Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju was all praise for the media and appreciated CNN-IBN initiative...
  • Will act against misuse of sedition law: Katju September 16, 2012

    Former Supreme Court judge and Chairman of the Press Council, Justice Markandey Katju has slammed the politicians and the police for taking action against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi over some of his work that depicted Parliament as a commode and the national emblem with wolves instead of lions. Slamming the Mumbai...
  • SC order on framing guidelines for media today September 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its judgement on the framing of media guidelines for reporting court proceedings of sub-judice matters on Tuesday. This issue was referred to the apex court after the leakage of certain documents to the media relating to dispute between Sahara group and...
  • Let's not get Mangalored anymore August 1, 2012

    Bangalore: The incident was aired on national television and written about extensively in newspapers; there were dharnas, protests by citizens, there was turmoil everywhere but in the journey to contradict an incident that hit our society, did we forget about the victims? Did the effect of the entire shameful episode...
  • Media promoting superstitions, backward ideas: Katju May 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Accusing Indian media of promoting superstitions and backward ideas to divert people's attention from real issues, Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju on Thursday alleged that the media houses are often looked upon by their owners as the means of making money. "In India, the recent tendencies show the...
  • Journalists will be protected, says Justice Katju March 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Press Council of India (PCI) Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju on Friday told delegates from International Press Institute (IPI), a Vienna-based media watchdog, that he had taken up with state governments issues of protection of journalists and safeguarding them from undue pressure. During the meeting, Justice Katju told the...
  • No comments, says Nitish on press freedom charge February 25, 2012

    Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday declined to comment on Press Council chairman Justice Markandey Katju's statement that the press did not enjoy freedom in the state and was harassed if they wrote against the government. "I am not required to offer any comment," Kumar told reporters on the...
  • No freedom of press in Bihar: Katju February 25, 2012

    Patna: Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju said on Friday that the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government harassed the media if they wrote against it. Katju said the information he had gathered about the media in Bihar was "not good". He reminded the Nitish Kumar government that its alleged action...
  • Katju sends notice to Chavan over press freedom February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairman Markandeya Katju on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over attacks on journalists in the state and threatened to recommend to the President dismissal of the state government. "It is the duty of the state government to maintain law and...
  • Katju compares Sunny Leone to Mary Magdalene January 9, 2012

    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 in...