In a seignificant development on Thursday, the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), the central government agency for advertisements, barred over 20 newspapers from its panel for a two-month period for publishing “paid” news.
In an advisory issued by DAVP, it said that around 30 more newspapers, which were not on the panel, would also not be allowed to get empanelled during the period.
What this effectively means that these publications will not receive any government ads for this period. The decision, it’s believed, has come in effect after Press Council of India (PCI) censured 52 newspapers primarily for publishing “paid” news.
DAVP Director R C Joshi said in the advisory, “The publications, which are already on the panel, have been suspended for two months — from September 13, 2017 to November 12, 2017.”
Of the 52 newspapers, 37 were censured by the PCI for publishing “paid” news, three were censured for breach of journalistic norms, including one for publishing “obscene” photographs, reported PTI.
Two publications were censured for “casting severe insinuation against the complainant and no justification for publication of impugned news item”, while one newspaper each was pulled up for “irresponsible and an act of mala fide reporting”, “inaccurate and disrespectful news reports” and “publishing false and concocted impugned news item” respectively.
One newspaper each was censured for publishing a “false news item with an intention to blackmail”, “demanding money for publishing advertisement without authorisation” and “aggrieved by a news item and newspaper not admitting the mistake” respectively.