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Press Council of India (PCI)

25 November 2014

Ex-Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju will be replaced as Press Council of India (PCI) chairman by ex Supreme Court judge Justice CK Prasad, reported the PTI.

Katju’s three-year term ended on 11 October, reported The Hindu yesterday.

Katju has been recently busy on his blog and in public, promoting a possibly upcoming tell-all book about the Indian judiciary.

Presumably his book will also tackle one or two other issues, judging by Katju’s prodigious and eclectic output that ranges from his campaign for the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) to his love of both Sanskrit and Urdu, and oftentimes also the plain nonsensical...

04 April 2013

KatjuKatju NGO, with “mandate of the people”, to be inaugurated on 15 April.

31 October 2012


Current affairs, media and culture blog Newslaundry’s Madhu Trehan asks former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju, now the chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), some tough questions about himself and freedom of speech (46 minute video interview). Is Katju’s bark not already bad enough, she asks, that you need more bite? As the interview proceeds, Katju’s fuse is lit several times, and barks and giggles ensue. Click through for a potted digest…

30 October 2012

NLSIU Bangalore asks for signatures on petitions to Karnataka state home secretary for tightened campus security, and to Press Council of India (PCI) to direct the press to cover sexual offences sensitively. The students had resolved to submit the petitions in public demonstrations last week. [Petition to Home secretary/Petition to PCI]

The petitions and demonstration follow the alleged rape of a student of the law school in Bangalore University’s Jananbharathi campus which also houses NLSIU’s Nagarbhavi campus. After the incident several print media reports were dominated by by an unnamed police source that unfairly cast doubt on the alleged victim's credibility.

12 April 2012

Katju Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), said that the PCI would challenge in the Supreme Court the Allahabad High Court’s order directing the government to prevent the media reporting troop movements.

Katju also added that that the Indian Express, which had come under fire and faced government denials for its story on army movements near Delhi, could not be faulted for its report.

30 January 2012

Katju: No longer in robes Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice Markandey Katju issued a press release today with his latest essay on the sensible limits of freedom of speech in an India only “partially emerged from the dark, feudal age”, Salman Rushdie’s prose, the Jaipur Literature Festival and why no one cares about Nobel prize winners.