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Election Commission's Compendium of Instructions on Paid News

The cell to monitor paid news in the print, electronic and social media started functioning at the District Collectorate in Thiruvananthapuram, on March 24, 2014. Photo: The Hindu

The issue of paid news has been hotly debated in the public domain, particularly as the role of the media in influencing voters assumes greater significance during elections. The Press Council of India defines paid news as "Any news or analysis appearing in any media (Print & Electronic) for a price in cash or kind as consideration".

Since June 2010, the Election Commission of India (ECI) started issuing instructions to State and district officials to scrutinize, identify and report cases of paid news through a carefully laid out mechanism and process.

The latest Compendium of Instructions on Paid News and Related Matters, was issued by the ECI in February, 2014

Download the full document here .

Download the Press Council’s report on paid news here .

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