Today, the Editors Guild said that it expects the PCI Chairman C K Prasad to rescind his "unilateral decision", apparently taken without consulting Council members, to intercede in the case in the Supreme Court concerning extreme and unrelenting restrictions placed on the media in J&K.
A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta sought answers on this from the News Broadcasting Standards Association (NBSA), Press Council of India (PCI), Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and Editors Guild of India.
The PCI in a statement said that Prasad “appealed to the media... to observe restraint in identification of the accused and the victims as it is violative not one of the journalistic ethics” but also of the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
On March 2018, I&B Ministry had announced that it has reconstituted CPAC, making it leaner from a 22-member to an 8-member body. Media bodies alleged keeping out representatives of journalists unions/associations was violation of guidelines.
A statement said Prasad “overlooked precedence and adopted a process to keep out certain media associations and candidates”. His actions, it said, have “cast serious doubts over the autonomy and neutrality” of the PCI.
A day after the The I&B Ministry sent out a circular stating that the accreditation of a journalist, found to have "created and/or propagated" fake news, will be suspended or permanently cancelled, the Prime Minister's Office Tuesday ordered its withdrawal.
The Press Council of India Act mandates that the body consists of 28 members and headed by a chairman. Of the 28 members, five are members of Parliament, of which three are nominated from the Lok Sabha by the Speaker.