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Media Commission to replace Press Commission in India
Title -- 4501 GLOBAL: Media Commission to replace Press Commission in India
Date -- 4 September 2004
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Independent Press Councils 4/9/2004
Copyright -- IPC
Status -- Unabridged
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MEDIA COMMISSION TO REPLACE PRESS COMMISSION IN INDIA
NEW DELHI (IPC/Pacific Media Watch): Media Council to Replace Press Commission in India?
With the growth of electronic and print media, the Indian government plans to set up a Media Commission to act as a monitoring body of code of ethics being followed in news ndustry, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said.
\"The Media Commission will replace the Press Commission as numerous television channels have cropped up\", Reddy said at a book release function in the capital city of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday [29 August].
He also sought suggestions from various journalist unions and academics to provide more teeth to the Commission as the existing Press Council has \"limited say in implementing ethics code in publishing\".
The enormous growth rate in the print and electronic media should be properly utilised and caution comes as a password in dealing with delicate matters, he said.
As reported from Hyderabad by the PTI news agency, New Delhi, 29 August 2004, relayed by BBC Monitoring.
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