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Social media regulation: PCI seeks to take Facebook, others under its wings

PCI says social media use same alphabets as print media, so why former must be excluded

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

Social media regulation: PCI seeks to take Facebook, others under its wings

should be brought under the ambit of (PCI), the media watchdog, its chairman Justice (retd) said on Tuesday.

"We are of the opinion that should be brought under the ambit of PCI, as its (social media's) reach is much more than the print media. Through it, anything can be circulated world-over within seconds," he said.


The uses the "same alphabet" as the print media, so why the former should be excluded from PCI's jurisdiction, he asked.

"After an intense debate, we have recommended to the government that jurisdiction of be expanded by including electronic media under its ambit and to change its name from the 'Press Council' to the 'Media Council'," he informed.

"For constituting Media Council, the government needs to frame a law," he said, adding that as per his information, the matter was under government's consideration.

At present, PCI's remit doesn't cover the electronic media, but the has passed a resolution to take cognisance of attacks on electronic media journalists, he said.

The PCI, which held hearings in Indore over the last two days, heard 47 cases, including the assault on photo-journalists outside headquarters in Mumbai, restrictions on media on publishing the news related to Hyderabad Central University and attack on a journalist in Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district.

First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 21:41 IST
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