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On PFI complaint, PCI issues notices to nine newspapers

New Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) issued show cause notice to nine newspapers in response to complaints filed by K.M. Shareef, General Secretary, Popular Front of India (PFI).  

PFI approached the PCI last April against 11 newspapers and two TV channels for publishing/telecasting defamatory news against the organization, with malicious intention to lower and damage its reputation. Earlier, legal notices were sent to these periodicals and channels, but they failed to respond positively.  

Out of 11 complaints against the newspapers, nine complaints were taken on file and show cause notices were issued to Dainik Jagran Hindi Daily (Meerut), Dainik Jagran Hindi Daily (Delhi), Hindustan Times English Daily (Lucknow), The Asian Age English Daily (Delhi), Deccan Chronicle English Daily (Ernakulam), Nav Bharat Times Hindi Daily (Delhi), The Inquilab Urdu Daily (Delhi), The New Indian Express English Daily (Calicut) and The Sunday Guardian English Weekly (Delhi). The Press Council is waiting for the replies from the respondents for further proceedings.

The complaints against the Pioneer and the Sunday Pioneer are pending before the Council for the issuance of show cause notices. In the matter of the complaints against IBN 7 and Times Now news channels, the PCI said that “the electronic media (news channels and websites) does not fall under the purview of PCI. Now PFI will look into other legal options to proceed against these two channels. The advocates Bahar U. Barqi, Maroof Ahmed and A. Mohamed Yusuff represented PFI in the PCI.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 6

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