WATCHDOG PROBE SAYS HT NOT GUILTY OF PAID NEWS
NEW DELHI: A sub-committee of the Press Council of India, the statutory media watchdog, has held the Hindustan Times, published by the HT Media Ltd, not guilty of indulging in “paid news”.
An inquiry report has found no evidence to suggest that any of Hindustan Times’s reports during the 2010 assembly elections in Bihar was favourable to any party or individual.
“Paid news” is the news that is paid for by clients such as politicians or celebrities for personal advantage — a fact often concealed from readers.
The Hindu in a January 29 report claimed that the press council had held HT, along with other newspapers, guilty of printing “paid news” during the Bihar polls.
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