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    Press Council Act 1978

     
     
     

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    CHAPTER II


    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRESS COUNCIL

    Incorporation of The Council

    4(1) With-effect from such date as the Central Government, may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, there shall be established a council by the name of the Press Council of India.

    (2) The said Council shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal and shall by the said name sue and be sued.

    Composition of the Council

    5 (1) The Council shall consist of a Chairman and twenty-eight other members.

    (2) The Chairman shall be a person nominated by a Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Council of States (Rajya Sabha), the Speaker of the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and a person elected by the members of the Council under sub-section (6) and the nominations so made shall take effect from the date on which it is notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette.

    (3) Of the other members-

    (a) thirteen shall be nominated in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed from among the working journalists of whom six shall be editors of newspapers and the remaining seven shall be working journalists other than editors, so, however, that the number of such editors and working journalists other than editors in relation to newspapers published in Indian languages shall be not less than three and four respectively;

    (b) six shall be nominated in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed from among persons who own or carry on the business of management of newspapers, so, however, that there shall be two representatives from each of the categories of big newspapers, medium newspapers and small newspapers;

    (c) One shall be nominated in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed from among persons who manage news agencies;

    (d) three shall be persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of education and science, law and literature and culture of whom respectively one shall be nominated by the University Grants Commission, one by the Bar Council of India and one by the Sahitya Academy;

    (e) five shall be members of Parliament of whom three shall be nominated by the Speaker from among the members of the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and two shall be nominated by the Chairman of the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) from among its members;

    Provided that no working journalist who owns, or carries on the business of management of, any newspaper shall be eligible for nomination under clause (a);

    Provided further that the nomination under clause (a) and clause (b) shall be so made that the among the persons nominated there is not more than one person interested in any newspaper or group of newspapers under the same control of management.

    *Explanation: "For the purpose of clause (b), a 'newspaper' shall be deemed to be categorised as big medium or small newspaper on the basis of its circulation per issue, as the Central Government, may, by notification in the official gazette, notify from time to time.

    (*Explanation amended vide Gazette Extraordinary dated June 6, 1994)

    (4) Before making any nomination under clause (a), clause (b) or clause (c) of sub-section (3), the Central Government in the case of the first Council and the retiring Chairman of the previous Council in the case of any subsequent Council shall, in the prescribed manner, invite panels of names comprising twice the number of members to be nominated from such associations of persons of the categories referred to in the said clause(a) clause (b) or clause (c) as may be notified in this behalf by the Central Government in the case of the first Council and by the Council itself in the case of subsequent Councils;

    Provided that where there is no association of persons of the category referred to in said clause (c), the panels of names shall be invited from such news agencies as may be notified as aforesaid. ....continued....

     

     
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