Scribes’ body wants ‘paid news’ during state polls probed
Press Trust of India Posted online: Wed Dec 19 2012, 03:28 hrs
New Delhi :
Delhi Union of Journalists on Tuesday expressed serious concern over reports of “octopus-like” grip of “paid news” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls and demanded inquiry as well as action to check the practice.
“Paid news is a blot not only on the press but also to the democratic process,” the DUJ said in a statement.
There has been large-scale practice of “paid news” in the Gujarat elections, a fact-finding team of the Press Council of India claimed on Monday.