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Suresh Yerapathi (CEO)     19 January 2012

Is there a law to go against newspaper publication?

I wish to know if I can file a case against a publication for errors that they commit in publishing a newspaper and repeating the same article twice on a same day? and also the varied pricing structures that they generally have. Such as if with suppliment the price is more and without suppliment the price is less.

I know for a fact that the the governing body is RNI for such issues, but there is no proper response nor mention anywhere in their website.

Is there a consumer forum or anything of such sort to take up a case against such erring publication?


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S C KHOSLA (Ex - Scientist `F`& Head (SPPD))     19 January 2012

Please refer to Newspaper (Price and Page) Act 956 and Newspaper (Price and Page Continuance) Act 1961 and decide accordingly.


S C KHOSLA (Ex - Scientist `F`& Head (SPPD))     20 January 2012

Please also refer to Press Council Act 1978. It may suffice ur purpose.

B.N.Rajamohamed (advocate / commissioner of oaths)     23 February 2012


The allegations against the news papers must be taken to the Chairman, Press council of India. 

S C KHOSLA (Ex - Scientist `F`& Head (SPPD))     27 February 2012

Excerpts from sec 3 (c) of  Press Council (Procedure for Inquiry) (Amendment) Regulations, 2006 are as follows  :

(c ) before filing the complaint before the Council, draw the attention of the newspaper, news agency, editor or other working journalist concerned, to the matter appearing in the newspaper etc. or to the non-publication there of which, in the opinion of the complainant, is objectionable and he shall also furnish to the newspaper, news agency, editor or the working journalist, as the case may be, the grounds for holding such opinion. The complainant shall, along with the complaint, enclose a copy of the letter written by him to the newspaper, news agency, editor or other working journalist together with a copy of the reply, if any received by him, provided that the Chairman may in his discretion waive this condition;

It is felt that above regulation in full may also be read by the complainant before taking any step further.

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