The Press Council is headed by a Chairman, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.
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Press Council of India
- The Press Council of India was first set up in the year 1966 by the Parliament on the recommendations of the First Press Commission with the object of preserving the freedom of the press and of maintaining and improving the standards of press in India.
- It is an autonomous, statutory, quasi-judicial body, functioning as a watchdog of the press, for the press and by the press.
- The present Council functions under the Press Council Act, 1978.
- It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.
- The Press Council is headed by a Chairman, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.
- The Council consists of 28 other members of whom 20 represent the press and are nominated by the press organisations/news agencies recognised and notified by the Council as all India bodies of categories.
- Five members are nominated from the two Houses of Parliament and three represent cultural, literary and legal fields.
- The members serve on the Council for a term of three years. A retiring member shall be eligible for re-nomination for not more than one term.
- The Council is funded by the revenue collected by it as fee levied on the registered newspapers in the country. No fee is levied on newspapers with circulation less than 5000 copies.