CK Prasad renominated as PCI chairman

MUMBAI: The central government has re-nominated Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad as the chairman of the Press Council Of India (PCI). Justice Prasad’s previous term had ended on 25 November 2017.

He was nominated as PCI chairman on 25 November 2014 for a three-year term. He had succeeded Justice Markandey Katju who served as PCI chairman from 2011-2014.

The central government has also notified the names of the following persons nominated as members of the PCI, who will hold their respective offices for a period of three years from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette.

The nominated members comprise of Editors, working journalists, persons who own or carry on the business of management of newspapers and persons who manage news agencies.

The nominated members in the working journalists – Editors category include Chandramani Raghuvanshi – Editor, Bijnor Times, Uttam Chandra Sharma – Editor, Muzaffarnagar Bulletin, Pradeep Kumar Jain – Editor, Vishwa Pariwar, Om Parkash Khemkarni – Editor, Mehnat, Sayed Razza Husain Rizvi – Editor, Trigut, and Dr. Baldev Raj Gupta – Group Editor, Express News.

The working journalists – other than Editors members include Amar Devulapalli – Correspondent, Sakshi, Balwinder Singh Jammu – Principle Correspondent, Punjabi Tribune Sarat Chandra Behera – Working Journalist, Krantidhara, Pravat Kumar Dash – Special Correspondent, Pratidin, M A Majid- Working Journalist, Aadab Telangana, Kamal Nain Narang – Photo Journalist, The Hindu Business Line, and Chhayakanta Nayak – Correspondent, The Shillong Times.

The members nominated under the category of persons who own or carry on the business of management of newspapers include Vijay Kumar Chopra, Rakesh Sharma – Rastradoot, Jaipur, Shyam Singh Panwar – Jansamna, and Keshav Dutt Chandola – Rajput Maryada.

Ashok Upadhyay – Editor, United News of India (UNI) has been nominated under the category of persons who manage news agencies.

The tenure of the members is for a period of three years.

The PCI is a statutory and quasi-judicial body in India that governs the conduct of the print media. It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.

The council comprises of chairman and 28 other members of which 13 represent the working journalists, 6 are editors of newspapers, 7 are working journalists other than editors, and one member is among persons who own or carry on the business of management of newspapers. The PCI chairman is usually a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.

The Council is funded by revenue collected by it as fees levied on the registered newspapers in the country on the basis of their circulation. No fee is levied on newspapers with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies.

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