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Press Council of India applies to intervene in J&K petition against communications restriction: report

We missed this earlier The Press Council of India has moved the Supreme Court stating that restrictions on communications facilities in Jammu & Kashmir — now in its fourth week — was in the “interest of security and sovereignty of the nation”, per the Indian Express. The PCI has applied to be impleaded as an intervener in the petition filed by Kashmir Times executive editor Anuradha Bhasin in the SC. Bhasin has demanded that the communications blackout be lifted. The council has stated that it should be heard since the case concerns the "rights of journalists and media for free and fair reporting on one hand, and national interest of integrity and sovereignty on the other hand". The council has said that “very aptly, there is no mention in the entire Writ Petition about abrogation of most contentions provision of the Constitution by Parliament, which has caused the restrictions on communication facilities and other facilities in the interest of security and sovereignty of the nation”. The application also stated that PCI framed Norms of Journalistic Conduct, and that clause 23 of the Norms “prescribes for self-regulation in reporting by journalists in matter of paramount national, social or individual interests…” PCI also referred to the duties of the council as laid down in the Press Council of India Act, and said it's evident from the provisions that “applicant is duty bound not only to ensure the freedom of press, but also to ensure on the part of newspapers, news agencies and…

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