Press Council of India

  • The Press Council of India is a statutory body in India that governs the conduct of the print media.
  • Presently, the Council functions under the Press Council Act 1978 which arose from the recommendations of the Second Press Commission of India (1978).
  • The Press Council is a quasi-judicial body which acts as a watchdog of the press.
  • It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.
  • Composition:
  • It consist of Chairman (who has by convention, been a retired judge of Supreme Court) and 28 other members of whom 20 represent press, five are nominated from two Houses of Parliament and three represent cultural, literary and legal fields.
  • Functions:
  • It is statutory, quasi-judicial body acting as watchdog of press.
  • It adjudicates complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.