The Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has stopped for two months the advertisements given to 51 newspapers across the country after they were censured by the Press Council of India following their unsatisfactory satisfactory response to complaints regarding 'paid news' and other matters .
As per an advisory issued by the DAVP, the advertisements to these 51 publications have been suspended, from September 13 to November 12, following their 'censure' by the Press Council of India on complaints of paid news and matters like 'irresponsible reporting' and publishing false news. 'In exercise of powers conferred on DG, DAVP, the publications, which are on the DAVP panel, have been suspended from the DAVP panel for two months.
It has also been decided by the DG, DAVP that the publication which are not on the DAVP panel and have been censured by the PCI for the stated reasons will not be empanelled or re-empanelled for a similar period of two months even though they fulfill other conditions of the Print media advertisement policy, 2016 for empanelment,'the advisory said.
The publications include some newspapers published from Delhi, Bhopal, Pune, Indore, Ujjain, Lucknow, Raipur, Kota, Jyapur, Bhubaneswar, Madurai, Pune, Sirsa and Satna. The newspapers included in the list are in two categories. The first category pertains to that of newspapers in DAVP's advertisement list. These newspapers have been excluded from the panel for advertisements for two months. The second category pertains to newspapers which are not included in the DAVP panel. The DAVP has decided not to include such newspapers in the panel for the next two months. These newspapers had been censured by the Press Council of India following their unsatisfactory response to complaints on complaints of paid news and 'irresponsible reporting' and publishing false news.