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RS members express concern over paid news

Issue was raised by BJP leader Vijay Goel who said paid news has affected the media's credibility.

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Publish Date: May 10 2016 1:37PM | Updated Date: May 10 2016 1:37PM

RS members express concern over paid news

 Rajya Sabha members on Tuesday expressed concern over 'paid news'. They also decided to take up the issue for a structured debate.

 
Issue was raised by BJP leader Vijay Goel who said paid news has affected the media's credibility.
 
He was supported by members across party lines, including Congress leader Anand Sharma, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and K.C. Tyagi, and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
 
Leader of House Arun Jaitley said a structured debate on the issue should be taken up. The finance minister said a time should be fixed for discussion on the issue in the current or the next parliament session.
 
Jaitley added that all members are committed to freedom of media.
 
"Advertising is the right of everyone... But when the government starts excessive advertising, where is the dividing line between excessive advertisement and bribery," said Jaitley.