Keep media out of lokpal purview, says Editors Guild

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The Editors Guild of India on Friday favoured keeping the media out of the purview of the proposed anti-corruption watchdog, the Lokpal. A three-member team of the apex body of editors, which appeared before the parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal bill, stated that media in the country was broadly a “private body” and could not be covered by the anti-corruption watchdog.

The Guild was represented by its president TN Ninan, general secretary Coomi Kapoor and treasurer Suresh Bafna in the meeting with the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice.

Many MPs cutting across party lines, including those in the committee, have been demanding bringing the media and NGOs under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal.

In the meeting, some members are understood to have told the Guild representatives that there is no demand to bring the “news content” under the Lokpal, but only the “business content”, since media houses also buy assets likes land for their infrastructure.

Committee chairman Abhishek Singhvi is learnt to have stated that the Guild members put across their views “clearly and proactively.”

As many as 21 other organisations and individuals were also invited to appear before the committee on Friday, to state their views on the Lokpal issue. Courtesy: HT

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