June 2010
News    |   New Media   |   Advertising   |   Communications   |   Films   |  Events

Does Election Commission know what paid News is ?

Despite more than a dozen complaints against newspapers regarding publishing of news in lieu off money, Election Commission is still unaware about the meaning of 'Paid News' To seek more information regarding Paid news, EC has written to the Press Council of India. This has been revealed by EC in reply to a petition which was sought under RTI.

Senior journalist and activist Mr. Anil Chamaria (Media Studies Group) had sought the clarification on the number of complaints regarding Paid news and the action taken on them, under the Right to Information act from Election Commission. On this, the EC issued directives to PCI to define and identify the so called Paid news. This answer has been recently sent to Anil Chamaria.

However, one full year has passed since last common elections and the complaints related to Paid news issue are still pending for hearing in front of the commission. Among them, one complaint is related to Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan. This complaint was lodged by BJP leader Kirit Somaiyya. Commission said that it is still investing the complaints against Chavan.

On the matter Somaiyya said, in this relation commission has done written correspondence for three times and also sought clarification from Chavan. During the discussion, the commission accepted the seriousness of paid news and also issued directions to its official in the matter. Somaiyya said, issuing directives on one hand and then asking for definition of Paid news are two contradictory actions of the EC.

Election Commission showing anonymity on the amount of money spent by candidate in illegal media coverage during elections said, the commission does not have any detailed data of money spent by the candidate. Information regarding this can be sought from district election officer, in front of whom candidates register every detail of their election expenditures.


  Online edition
  News analysis
  Opinion – All Opinion
  • Letters to the editor
  • Corresspondents Diary
  • Debates
  World Politics - World   This Week
  Special Report
  Business- This Week
  • Leadership and Change
  • Executive Education
  • Marketing & Innovation
  • Strategic Management
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Business Ethics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  Special Sections
  Books & Art
  City Briefings
Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions | Subscribe
Copyright © Conversations Online 2010. All rights reserved.
About Sponsorship :
Selected sponsors provide financial support for parts of Conversationsonline.org in return for the display of their name, logo and links to their site(s) on those sections. Conversationsonline retains full editorial control, giving no sponsor any influence whatsoever over any content, including choice of topics, the views expressed, or the style of presentation of any content.