The advisory comes ahead of the Bihar polls and bypolls in various states, including in 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh.
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The actress sought an interim order against the media till the time the NCB, Mumbai, completes the investigation and files an appropriate report before the competent court.
Publishing information based on gossip about the line of investigation by the official agencies on the crime committed is not desirable.
The media should not narrate the story in a manner so as to induce the general public to believe in the complicity of the person indicted, the Press Council of India (PCI) said in its advisory.
The PCI took suo-motu cognisance of the matter in which the three journalists were reportedly ‘beaten, and threatened’ in northeast Delhi on August 11.
A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said it will call for a report from the PCI and on that basis it will give directions.
The plea said that an independent body with the name of the Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India be set up to check sensational reporting and discourse by TV news channels on critical issues.
The move would enable officers to decide what qualifies as fake news in print, electronic and other forms of media and act against journalists and media organisations, the PCI said.
Comments on the matter have also been called from the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary and Secretary, Department of Information and Public Relations, a PCI statement said.
Referring to salary cuts and job losses, he said media and mediapersons were struggling for social, political and economic justice.
Guild had said it was concerned over ‘growing pattern of misuse of criminal laws to intimidate journalists.’
The bench was hearing a plea filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind which has sought directions to the Centre to stop dissemination of "fake news" and take strict action against those responsible for it.