भारत में प्रेस सिर्फ कुछ लोगों की मुट्ठी में है

प्रेस को लेकर पक्ष विपक्ष में तमाम बयान आते रहते हैं. पीसीआई अध्‍यक्ष जस्टिस काटजू भी पत्रकारों के हित को लेकर भले ही चिंतित न हों लेकिन पत्रकारों की न्‍यूनतम योग्‍यता को लेकर वे गंभीर हैं. कुछ बड़े मीडिया घरानों के प्रेस पर एकाधिकार को लेकर जस्टिस काटजू को कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता हो परन्‍तु सूचना प्रसारण मंत्री बी गोपाल रेड्डी प्रेस की समस्‍याओं से चिंतित हैं. उन्‍होंने इस मसले को लोकसभा में उठाया है.

उन्‍होंने कहा है कि प्रेस को स्‍वतंत्र बनाने के लिए इसके एकाधिकार को खतम करना जरूरी है. नीचे हिंदू में प्रकाशित कुछ अंश…. 

"A Bill to set up the Press Council will be introduced in the next session of Parliament, said B. Gopala Reddi, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, in the Lok Sabha. Considering the various problems facing the Press, he was convinced that there was no use in delaying the constitution of the Press Council.''

"In his reply to the demands for grants for his Ministry, Gopala Reddi said that as soon as legislation for setting up the Press Council was passed, steps would be taken to constitute it. It would go into the various aspects of the Press like, monopoly tendencies, status of the editor, and other matters as envisaged in the report of the Press Commission.''

"He pointed out that it had been agreed generally by the members of the Congress Party, the opposition members, and the Government that the powers of the Press should not be in the hands of a few persons. But the questions connected with the functioning of the Press in the country were of a legal and constitutional nature and should be dealt with by the Press Council."

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