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Review of Prasar Bharati functioning next week: Javadekar

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NEW DELHI: New Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar today, replied to several questions regarding the media.

He said that there will be a review next week of the functioning of Prasar Bharati. Complains about the government’s interference in the autonomy of the pubcaster would also be examined, he said.

Referring to the media, he said the government had no intention of curbing the freedom of the press in any way.

In an interview to Doordarshan, Javadekar emphasised that there was no need for the government to impose regulation if the self-regulatory bodies set up by the media themselves work well. However, he said that a study was being made of how radio can be regulated.

Asked about the non-implementation of the Wage Board for Journalists and non-journalists in the print media, he said that he would talk to all the stakeholders including the organizations of mediapersons and the owners of media houses.

He added that the government did not have the power to set up Wage Boards for anyone except its own employees, but had always set up Wage Boards for the media to uphold freedom of the press. 

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