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16th June, 2022 Polity and Governance

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Context - Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai has been selected as the Chairperson of the Press Council of India.



  • A Selection Committee headed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker and Press Council member has approved the appointment of a former judge of the Supreme Court ‘Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai’ as the Chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI).
  • Justice Desai had recently headed the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission to redraw the Assembly constituencies.


Press Council of India

  • The Press Council of India was established by the Parliament in 1966.
    • It was established on the recommendations of the First Press Commission.
  • The main objective of the council is to maintain the freedom of the press and improving the standards of the press in India.
  • It is the self-regulatory body under the Press Council Act of 1978.
  • Traditionally, a retired Supreme Court judge is appointed as the Chairman of the Council.
  • There are 28 additional members in the council;
    • 20 members of media, nominated by the newspapers, television channels and other media platforms operating in India.
    • 5 members from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
    • 3 members as nominees of Sahitya Academy, University Grant Commission and Bar Council of India.
  • The Council accepts complaints against matters related to journalists or media organizations’.
  • The Council can investigate and issue a report.
  • It also can "warn, criticize, or censure" those it finds at fault, but the council has no powers to enforce or impose any penalty on individual journalists and media publications.