Over 400 paid news cases detected in Assembly polls: EC

The EC-appointed MCMCs are required to play the role of a watchdog and in cases of any irregularity or suspected paid news, they would have to intimate the returning officer for issuance of notice to the candidates for inclusion of actual expenditure on the published or broadcast matter.

A fact-finding team of the Press Council had also reported large-scale practice of "paid news" during the recent Gujarat Assembly polls. Calling the prevalence of paid news as "shocking and very disturbing",

PCI Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has said the information provided by the panel appointed by him only shows that self-regulation by media was proving to be "ineffective".

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