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Not Considering Creation of Media Commission Recommended by Parliamentary Panel, Says Center

Responding to a question raised in the Upper House of Parliament, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said the government meets regularly with stakeholders to formulate policies.

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New Delhi: The Center told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that it was not considering setting up a media commission as recommended by a parliamentary panel to check “irregularities” across print, electronic and digital platforms.

Noting that the media were gradually losing their “credibility and integrity”, the parliamentary standing committee on communications and information technology had recommended in December 2021 the creation of a “Media Council” with statutory powers to check the ” irregularities” across print, electronic and digital platforms. .

Responding to a question raised in the Upper House of Parliament, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said the government meets regularly with stakeholders to formulate policies.

Government regularly consults with stakeholders and uses data/information available from various sources to formulate policies, develop strategies, etc. The establishment of a media commission is not considered necessary for the government. right now,” Thakur said in a written response.

The parliamentary committee, headed by senior Congress official Shashi Tharoor, in its twenty-seventh report, had suggested the establishment of a media committee composed of experts for wider consultations among interested groups/stakeholders to identify consensus on the establishment of the Media Council.

The Committee said the commission will examine all complex media issues and submit its report to the Committee within six months of its establishment.