WATCH­DOG PROBE SAYS HT NOT GUILTY OF PAID NEWS

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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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