Javdekar Asks Media to Act Responsibly While Exercising Their Liberty

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By Sarkaritel November 6, 2014 10:15

Javdekar Asks Media to Act Responsibly While Exercising Their Liberty


Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Prakash Javadekar releasing the annual report “Press in India” brought out by the Registrar of Newspapers for India, RNI

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Prakash Javadekar releasing the annual report “Press in India” brought out by the Registrar of Newspapers for India, RNI

RNI report rates Ananda Bazaar, Kolkata  as No-1 publication followed by Times of India Mumbai.

India has 99,600 registered publications — UP at No One, Maharashtra No 02 and Delhi No-03. 

By TN Ashok

New Delhi, Nov 5 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar today asked the media in the country to act responsibly while exercising their freedom to write.

“Freedom of the press does not come free, it comes with a great amount of responsibility”, he said while almost alluding to the great advice Spiderman’s uncle gives Parker “with great power comes great responsibility”.

Government has no proposal what so ever to impose any (new?) regulations on the media, he said however regretting that there were several cable run channels in different states which did not come under any sort of regulatory authority.

TV News Channels in the country practice self-regulation with eminent people acting as watch dogs to supervise content, he said adding that no such self-regulation exists for several of the cable run channels in states.

Javdekar was releasing the 58th Annual Report on Print and Media compiled by the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI). The report has been prepared on the basis of analysis of the annual statements filed by the registered publications.

For the 1st time annual statements were submitted through e-filing. The registered publications were required to submit annual statements disclosing details including circulation figures under the Press & Registration of Books Act of 1867.

“The report provides broad analysis of the general trend of the Indian Press based on claimed circulation. This claimed circulation should give place to acclaimed circulation”, Mr Javdekar said.

Mr Javdekar also said that there were a number of publications which registered their titles and never took out a publication. Government will hereafter ensure that a person registering a title brings out a publication in that name within six months or one year. If he fails to do so, then the title will be made free and released to others for use.

The Minister said that it was amazing that 115 crore people in the country had access to 45 crore publications which meant that each household had access to at least two publications.What this exactly means is that the circulation of publications amounts to 45 crore and not printed copies daily.

The report revealed that out of 99,600 registered publications in the country, 13,761 were dailies and bi-tri weeklies and remaining 85,899 were of other periodicity. State wise analysis showed that UP topped with 15,209 publications followed by Maharashtra with 13,375 publications and Delhi with 11,767 publication as at the end of 2012-13.

The total claimed circulation of publications stood at 45.05 crore against 40.50 crore copies per publishing day in 2012-13. The number of annual statements received in RBI for the year 2013-14 was 19,755 against 19,007 in 2012-13.

According to the report, Hindi publications continued to lead with 22.64 crore copies per publishing day following by English with 6.44 crore copies and Urdu with 3.45 crore copies.

The report carries different chapters viz ownership of newspapers, analysis of daily newspapers, language wise study of the press and analysis of registered newspapers.

The largest circulated Daily in India is Ananda Bazar Patrika (Bengali from Kolkata ) with 1.18 million copies printed daily followed by The Times of India in English from Mumbai with 1.02 million copies daily and the largest circulated Hindi daily was Punjab Kesari , Jalandhar with 7.23 lakh copies .

The largest circulated multi edition daily was, The Times of India in English which included all 29 editions for a print run of 4.74 million daily followed by Dainik Bhaskar with 35 editions for a print run of 3.56 million.

The largest circulated periodical was the Sunday Times of India, Mumbai. with 1.02 million copies per day followed by its own group house publication Sunday Navbharat Times in Hindi, also from Mumbai with 6.88 lakh copies printed daily, the RNI report said.

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By Sarkaritel November 6, 2014 10:15