Tag Archives: Press Council of India

Another substandard post by unqualified journo

He hasn’t quite spelt out which colleges we should go to, what subjects and courses we should take, in which language, or what pass-percentage is OK. At least not yet. But Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju‘s “order” on “some legal qualification” before one can enter the profession of journalism has been met…

Justice Katju ‘Sorry’ for calling journos idiots

Within days of his appointment as the chairman of the Press Council of India in October 2011, immediately following his retirement as a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Markandey Katju ran afoul of his colleagues on the council with his sweeping remark that he had a “poor opinion” of most journalists. The “tendentious and…

Zee News, Jindal Steel & silence of the media

Swapan Dasgupta on the silence of much of the media on the Zee News-Jindal Steel extortion case, in which the editorial staff of the Subhash Chandra-owned channel allegedly demanded Rs 100 crore in lieu of advertisements from the steel major to not publish stories in the coal scam, in The Pioneer, Delhi: “The media didn’t…

The Hindu’s readers reveal Katju’s infinite bluff

The chairman of the press council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, wrote an article in The Hindu on September 3 on education. Titled ‘Professor, heal thyself’, it contained this paragraph: The level of intellect of many teachers is low, because many of them have not been appointed on merit but on extraneous considerations. To give…

National Awards for Excellence in Journalism

The press council of India (PCI) headed by Justice Markandey Katju, who has spent the best part of his tenure tutoring the media on upping its quality, invites entries for national awards for excellence in journalism, through a DAVP advertisement laden with typographical mistakes and syntactical errors.

Sacrilege! Mihir Sharma takes on P.Sainath

As he exited the Indian Express last year as its most acerbic pen, the Harvard-educated economist Mihir S. Sharma launched into “adman” Suhel Seth in a long review of the latter’s book in The Caravan. Now, at the Business Standard as the editor of its opinion pages, Sharma trains his guns at the Magsaysay award…

Press council chief bats for ‘porngate’ journalists

Close on the heels of his missives to the chief ministers of Bihar and Maharashtra, the chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), Justice Markandey Katju, has shot off a letter to the speaker of the Karntaka legislative assembly against the crackdown on the media in Karnataka following the Porngate expose. Below is the…

Tamil paper prints phone numbers of N-protestors

In April 2010, the Bengali television news channel Star Ananda of the Ananda Bazaar Patrika group ran into trouble with the soon-to-be chief minister of the State, Mamata Banerjee, for “continously flashing” her mobile phone number after a railway accident. Thousands of miles away, the Tamil newspaper Dinamalar, is making news for nearly similar but…

An Emergency-style witchhunt of the media?

The top item (above) in the gossip column of The Indian Express today lends further credence to the conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Delhi that there may be a pattern to, and a devious intent behind, all that is happening to the media in recent weeks: the sweeping remarks of press council chairman Justice…

HT springs to ToI’s support in Times Now case

Admittedly, the Justice P.B. Sawant libel case against Times Now is a grave one with serious implications for the media across the nation. Even so, it is worth asking if The Times of India–Hindustan Times jugalbandi—most evident when the arch rivals joined hands to float a (now-defunct) tabloid to stymie the launch of Mail Today…

Editors Guild backs ‘Times Now’ in libel case

The Supreme Court of India has declined to intervene in a Bombay High Court case against Times Now, directing the channel to deposit Rs 20 crore with the court registry along with a bank guarantee of Rs 80 crore, in a libel case involving the former chairman of the Press Council of India, Justice P.B.…

Should the Chief Justice present media awards?

Influential members of the Supreme Court bar were aghast and affronted when the Indian Express named the Chief Justice of India, S.H. Kapadia, as the most powerful man in India two years ago, especially when he had just taken over and the apex court was seized of major cases with corporate interests, such as mining…

Think Katju is wrong? Take the Sans Serif Test!

The press council chairman, Justice Markandey Katju, has hit journalists—especially journalists who show off their JNU, St. Stephen’s, ACJ, Presidency, St. Xavier’s, Loyola, IIT-IIM, Colombia, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge credentials in their sentence constructions—where it hurts most. In saying that he did not think that we have “any knowledge of economic theory or political science or…

Guess who came to wish Rajdeep ‘good night’?

Indian Express contributing editor Coomi Kapoor has this item in her diary today: “Superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s face is normally a passport which ensures open doors just about anywhere in the country. But the security guard at the house of CNN-IBN’s Rajdeep Sardesai failed to recognise the actor. “Khan, whose in-laws live in Panchsheel Park [Delhi],…

‘Justice Katju’s remarks not wide of the mark’

In all the primal breast-beating over the new Press Council chairman’s sweeping generalisations, few journalists have tried to sanely dissect Justice Markandey Katju‘s remarks. Indeed, as a tweet ironically noted: “Most of the articles opposing Justice Katju’s interview actually end up proving whatever he said about the media there.” Kumar Ketkar, the editor of the…

‘Has Justice Katju been appointed by Stalin?’

The “tendentious and offensive” remarks of the new chairman of the Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, on the state of the media and the quality of journalists—and his articulation for greater powers, including over television news channels—has predictably, a) touched a raw nerve, b) stirred a hornet’s nest, c) set the cat among…

TV news channel editors too blast PCI chief

On the heels of the Editors’ Guild of India*, the Broadcast Editors’ Association—the apex body of editors of national and  regional television news channels—has slammed Press Council chairman Markandey Katju‘s remarks on the media in recent interviews and interactions. Below is the full text of the BEA statement issued by president Shazi Zaman and general…

‘I have a poor opinion of most media people’

The Press Council of India (PCI), a statutory body for “preserving the freedom of the press and maintaining and improving the standards of newspapers and news agencies”, has a new chairman: Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. In an interview with Karan Thapar for CNN-IBN’s weekly programme Devil’s Advocate,…

Why Indian media can’t laugh at Murdoch’s plight

SANJAY JHA writes from Bombay: Rupert Murdoch, the emperor of media leviathan News Corporation, shuttled on a transatlantic flight over a tumultuous week-end that saw a popular British Sunday tabloid bite the dust, never to rise again. News of the World (NOTW) was founded prior to the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857, but closed with…

The four great wars of N. Ram on ‘Hindu’ soil

ARVIND SWAMINATHAN writes from Madras: As if to prove the old adage that blood is thicker than water, there have been four rounds of internecine strife in the last 22 years in the undivided Hindu family that owns and runs India’s “most respected” newspaper. To no one’s surprise, Narasimhan Ram aka N. Ram, the card-carrying…