PR/16/2012-2013 12th March, 2013
by Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman,
Press Council of India
For quite some time an issue has arisen about the need for a qualification for entry into the profession of journalism. In the lawyers profession an LLB Degree as well as registration in a Bar Council is required. Similarly, for entry into the medical profession the necessary qualification is an MBBS Degree and also registration with the Medical Council. For becoming a teacher a teacher’s training certificate/degree is required. Many other professions have the requirement of some qualification before one can enter that profession.
However, at present there is no qualification for entry into the profession of journalism. Hence very often persons with little or inadequate training in journalism enter the profession, and this often leads to negative effects, because such untrained persons often do not maintain high standards of journalism.
For quite some time, therefore, it has been felt that there must be some legal qualification before one can enter the profession of journalism. There are no doubt many institutions which impart teaching in journalism (some of which is very unsatisfactory) but there is as yet no legal requirement for having any qualification before entering the profession.
Since the media has an important influence on the lives of the people, the time has now come when some qualification should be prescribed by law. Accordingly I constitute the following team which is requested to consider all aspects of the matter and submit a report to me at an early date suggesting the qualifications a person should have before he can be allowed to enter the profession of journalism.
On receipt of the report I intend to place it before the Full Press council, and after getting its approval shall forward it to the Government for initiating suitable legislation for this purpose.
The members of the team as follows:
1) Shri Shravan Garg, Member, Press Council of India - Convenor
2) Shri Rajeev Sabade, Member, Press Council of India - Member
3) Dr. Ujjwala Barve, Associate Professor, Department of Communication &
Journalism, University of Pune - Member
The team is requested to submit its report at an early date. The Central and all State Governments and Journalism Departments and institutes in India are requested to extend all co-operations to the team. Smt. Vibha Bhargava, Secretary, Press Council of India is directed to provide all logistics and other support to the team.
(Justice Markandey Katju)
Press council of India