Topic: Paid news
EC move comes weeks after Delhi High Court held that the poll panel can’t regulate content of media articles.
Editorial freedoms must be fully respected; paid news, even a suggestion of it, is ruinous for the media’s image, the Guild says in a statement.
The Guild has also said that the media is under attack and urged the government to show a much greater sense of urgency to provide protection to journalists who are under threat.
Gujarat saw 414 cases of paid news during the 2012 assembly election campaign, and even five years later, the EC is struggling to combat the problem.
The verdict in Narottam Mishra’s case could be critical to how the menace will henceforth be dealt with in the country Anubhuti Vishnoi