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Media must have penal provisions for irresponsible reporting, says Javadekar

MUMBAI: While batting for self-regulation, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the media industry should have provisions for penal action for irresponsible reporting in their self-regulatory mechanisms.

Javadekar said that the self-regulatory mechanisms put in place by the media needs to be improved to maintain accountability and responsibility of the fourth pillar of democracy.

While affirming that the government is committed to press freedom, he also said that freedom comes with responsibility.

He pointed out that the Press Council of India, the statutory body for print media, is toothless. “Even the orders of the Press Council are not published,” he said.

On social media, Javadekar said that the need for evolving a mechanism to regulate it is an issue for consideration, but it pertains to a subject administered by another ministry as this medium comes under the information and technology law.