Index Monitoring Cell (IMC)

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  • March 26, 2021
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Index Monitoring Cell (IMC)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II –  Policies and interventions 

In news

  • Recently, Independent journalist P. Sainath struck a dissenting note in the report submitted by the Index Monitoring Cell (IMC).
  • He pointed out that the right to dissent should be the central focus of press freedom. 

Important value additions 

Index Monitoring Cell (IMC) 

  • Set up by: Information and Broadcasting Ministry 
  • Objective: To improve India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index and to evolve an objective yardstick to gauge media freedom.
  • It is a 15-member committee. 
  • It has four journalists and government functionaries.
  • Chaired by: Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau

Recommendations of report

  • Decriminalising of defamation. India is one of the few countries in the world to criminalise defamation.
  • Consent of the Press Council of India is a prerequisite before filing an FIR against the media or a publication.
  • Sainath has pointed out that the report failed in its objective to analyse the World Press Freedom Index and India’s performance in it with a view to identify areas of strengths and concern related to press freedom in India.

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