Shimla: Faced with a crisis of credibility, members of Himachal Journalists Forum (HJF) on the occasion of National Press Day, today demanded creation of a media council and brining the entire media under its ambit.
â€œA Media Council with wider powers should replace the existing Press Council of India and act as a watchdog and oversee the working of the entire media,â€ says Kanwar Yogendra, president of HJF.
The forum also discussed issues being debated between the Press Council Chairman, Editorsâ€™ Guild and other media representatives.
Supporting the views of Justice Markandey Katju about paid news, however the forum termed some of the former judgeâ€™s observations as â€˜unfortunate.â€™
â€œRetired Justice Markanday Katju choosing to paint the entire journalist fraternity with one brush, terming them as ill informed, those who do not have â€˜much knowledge of economic theory or political science or literature or philosophyâ€™ is unfortunate,â€ said Kanwar.
The forum had demanded that the proposed Media Council should replace the current Press Council and be a more broad-based and democratic institution, in terms of electing its nominees, its mandate as well as functioning.
A media council while acting as a watchdog should also uphold interests of journalists, he added.
The HJF has also reiterated a demand for a Media Commission to look into the entire gamut of issues affecting the Indian media.
Such a Media Commission should be in the lines of the First and Second Press Commission but with wider representation given to media, civil society and experts, said Kanwar.