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Curbing the media

Curbing the media
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First Published: Wed, Feb 04 2009. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Feb 04 2009. 10 43 AM IST
New Delhi: With elections round the corner, the political parties are seeking a code of conduct for the media. Leaders of seven national and 25 regional parties raised the issue in their meeting with the Election Commissioners on Tuesday. The Election Commission, in the run-up to the general elections, is holding a series of consultations with recognized parties.
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Kapil Sibal, senior Congress leader said: “We believe that at the local level there is a lot of advertisement in the form of news that appears. Therefore a lot of money is spent through this and interaction should take place between the commission and media”. CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury called for “working out a model code of conduct for the media”.
Political parties also sought a policy to regulate surrogate and outdoor advertisements. And the Left parties opinioned that the current method of first past the post system has its imperfections. “Presently we do not have proportional representation and we do not have state funding to the political parties”, said D. Raja, the national secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI). The leaders also asked for holding the elections over a shorter period. At present it stretches over a month. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said most parties that attended the meeting want the elections to be held by the end of April.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 04 2009. 01 15 AM IST