New Delhi : The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has proposed suspension of publication and cancellation of its title for indulging in “paid news” in a Bill for registration of books and newspapers.

“Paid news means publishing any news or analysis in the publication for a price in cash or kind as consideration,” says the draft Bill published on the ministry’’s website inviting suggestions from the stakeholders by November 19.
It also provide for the appellate board to challenge suspension of any publication. The definition of the newspaper has been extended to cover news in electronic form, including TV and Internet.
The Bill seeks to amend and consolidate the laws relating to press and registration of books and publications, incorporating recommendations of a parliamentary standing committee. The Press and Registration of Books and Publications Bill to replace the 1867 Act was actually introduced in Parliament in December 2011 and the standing committee submitted its report in December 2012.
The draft Bill provides for suspension of a publication for the period prescribed by the Centre as also cancellation of its title “if found indulging or having indulged in the practice of paid news on the basis of adjudication by the Press Council of India or any other quasi judicial or judicial authority.”

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