Press Council of India Current Affairs - 2019

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Rajasthan Patrika group chairman Gulab Kothari wins Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award by PCI 

The Press Council of India (PCI) has awarded this year’s Raja Ram Mohan Roy National Award for Excellence in Journalism to Rajasthan Patrika group chairman Gulab Kothari. The awards will be presented on the occasion of National Press Day on 16 November 2019.

The selection of awardees was carried out by a jury comprising of eminent members of PCI like Jai Shankar Gupta, Balwinder Singh and Ashok Upadhyaya among others.

About National Awards for Excellence in Journalism

The Awards have been instituted to recognize outstanding contribution of journalists or photo journalists of the country in print journalism.

The award is given in eight categories such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy National Award for Excellence in Journalism among others. It carries a cash prize and a citation for each category.

Only for the Raja Ram Mohan Roy award for excellence in journalism, the cash prize is worth Rs.1,00,000 and the jury committee itself decides the nominations for category and therefore no entries are invited.

Other Winners of National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019

These entire awards carry a citation and a cash prize of Rs.50000.

Gender Based Reporting category: Anuradha Mascarenhas, Indian Express Senior Editor and Ruby Sarkar of Deshbandhu are the joint winners

Rural Journalism categorySanjay Saini, Correspondent, Dainik Bhaskar, Mandi, and Raj Chengappa, Group Editorial Director, India Today, are the joint winners

Developmental Reporting category: Shiva Swarup Awasthi, Senior Reporter of Dainik Jagran, and Anu Abrahim, Sub-Editor of Matrubhumi, Calicut

Financial Reporting category: Sandeep Singh, Indian Express Associate Editor and Special Correspondent Krishn Kaushik

Photo Journalism-Single News Picture category: P G Unnikrishnan, Senior Photographer, The Mathrubhumi, and Akhil E S, News Photographer, Mathrubhumi

Photo Journalism-Photo Feature category: Sipra Das, Consulting Editor (Photography), India Empire Magazine and Parliamentarian Magazine

Sports Reporting category: Saurabh Duggal , Hindustan Times

PCI guidelines on Election Reporting and Paid News

The Press Council of India (PCI) has issued the guidelines for the media to give objective reports about the election and cautioned it against the phenomenon of paid news. The guidelines call for:

  • Newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, exaggerated reports about any candidate or party during the elections.
  • PCI cautioned the press to eschew reports which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between people on the grounds of region, religion, race, caste, community or language.
  • The press should refrain from publishing false or critical statements in regard to the personal character and conduct of any candidate or in relation to the candidature or withdrawal of any candidate or candidature, to prejudice the prospects of that candidate in the elections.
  • PCI cautioned against publishing unverified allegations against any candidate or party.
  • Whenever the newspapers publish pre-poll surveys, they should take care to preface them conspicuously by indicating the institutions which have carried on such surveys, the individuals and organisations which have commissioned them, the size and nature of sample selected and the method of selection of the sample for the findings.
  • PCI has also asked the media to guard against paid news which is defined as “any news or analysis appearing in any media (print & electronic) for a price in cash or kind as consideration.”

The PCI has also urged the authorities that rules and orders regulating the entry of the media persons to places of election should be notified and the cut-off date for applying for passes should be given due and advance publicity.