(These rules have been approved by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting vide I.D. Note No. 25/33/98-Press dated 10.8.1999)

RULES FOR GRANT OF ACCRREDITATION TO NEWS MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF

THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND THE NORMS FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF CENTRAL PRESS

ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

SHORT TITLE

These rules may be called ‘The Central Newsmedia Accreditation Rules, 1999’.

COMMENCEMENT AND SCOPE

These rules shall come into force from the date of notification by the Government.

These rules shall apply to the grant of accreditation to representatives of news media

organisations at the headquarters of the Government of India and shall supercede all

previous rules in this regard.

AMENDMENTS

The Central Press Accreditation Committee or the Principal Information Officer can

make recommendations to the Central Government for amendment of the rules from time

to time as considered necessary.

DEFINITIONS

a) “Central Press Accreditation Committee” means a Committee constituted by the

Government of India under these Rules.

b) ‘Newspaper’ shall have the same definition as given in the Press and Registration of

Books Act, 1867.

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c) ‘News Media’ shall include newspapers, wire service and non-wire service news

agencies, News Feature Agencies, Electronic Media Agencies and organisations

containing news and comments on public news.

d) A ‘Daily Newspaper’ shall be published on not less than five days in a week or as

defined in the PRB Act.

e) ‘Weekly’ and ‘Fortnightly’ newspaper shall have not less than 45 or 22 issues in a

year, respectively.

f) ‘Principal Information Officer’ means the Principal Information Officer to the

Government of India, hereinafter referred to as the PIO.

g) ‘Working Journalist’ means any working journalist as defined in the Working

Journalist (conditions of Service and Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 1955.

h) ‘Accreditation’ means recognition of news media representatives by the Government

of India for purpose of access to sources of information in the Government and also

to news materials, written or pictorial, released by the Press Information Bureau

and/or other agencies of the Government of India.

i) ‘Electronic News Media Organisation’ (Television or Radio) will include any

TV/Radio News Programme Production Unit and TV/Radio News Agency.

THE CENTRAL PRESS ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

1) The Government of India shall constitute a Committee called the Central Press

Accreditation Committee (hereinafter referred to as the CPAC) to discharge the

functions laid down under these rules.

2) The CPAC shall consist of PIO as Chairperson and a maximum of 19 other members,

representing Associations /Organisations of working journalists/mediapersons who

should otherwise be eligible for accreditation under these rules.

3) The CPAC once constituted shall function for a period of two years from the date of

its first meeting.

4) The CPAC shall meet generally once in a quarter or more frequently, as considered

necessary.

5) The decisions of the CPAC shall be taken on the basis of majority of the members

present and voting.

6) There will be a Standing Sub-Committee of the CPAC consisting of five Delhi based

members to consider and take decisions on the accreditation cases of urgent nature

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and other related matters. These cases will be placed before the CPAC at its next

meeting.

7) The PIO will have the power to grant regular accreditation in cases where an

accredited news media representative changes his organisation to another accredited

organisation.

GENERAL TERMS OF ACCREDITATION

(a) Accreditation will be given in accordance with these rules to news media

representatives of various categories in different types of News-Media organisations

as per eligibility conditions laid down in schedule I and within the Quota limits

specified in Schedule II & III of these rules.

(b) Accreditation shall be granted only to those representatives who reside at Delhi or its

periphery.

(c) Accreditation shall not confer any official or special status on news media

representatives, but shall only recognise their identity as a professional working

journalist.

(d) Accreditation of representatives of only those media organisation will be considered

which have been functioning or operating for at least one year, continuously.

(e) The publication should carry at least 50 per cent of its contents as news and/or

comments of general public interest. It should also include news and information

emanating from the headquarters of the Government of India.

(f) Publications containing information of sectional interest such as house journals,

technical/professional publications etc. are not eligible for accreditation.

(g) The organisations owned and run by Cable Operators providing Cable television

service through Cable Television Network will not be eligible for accreditation.

(h) Accreditation shall be withdrawn as soon as the conditions on which it was given

cease to exist. Accreditation is also liable to be withdrawn/suspended if it is found to

have been misused.

(i) If an applicant or a media organisation is found to have supplied

false/fraudulent/forged information/documents the representative/media organisation

shall be debarred form accreditation upto a maximum of five years but not less than

two years, as decided by CPAC.

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(j) The CPAC reserves to itself the right to recommend or reject grant of accreditation.

In all accreditation cases, decision of the CPAC will be final.

PROCEDURE FOR ACCREDITATION

Ø The procedure for accreditation shall be laid down by the PIO in consultation with the

CPAC.

Ø The PIO can call for any information and documents considered necessary for the

purpose of ensuring credibility and genuineness of cases of accreditation, at the time

of accreditation or at its renewal or at any other time if so required.

Schedule – I

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

(Rule 6.1)

(A) News Representatives

Sl. No. Category Conditions

1. Correspondents/Cameraman

and other categories except

freelance

Minimum 5 years professional experience as a

full time working journalist/cameraman in news

organisation(s).

2. Freelance Correspondents /

Camerapersons

(a) Minimum 15 years professional experience

as a full time working journalist.

(b) Annual income not less than Rs. 36,000/- per

financial year from the journalistic work

only, for correspondents and still

photographers.

(c) For TV camerapersons/correspondent-cumcameramen,

a minimum revenue of Rs. 5

lakh per year from news related programmes.

(B) News Organisations (Print Media)

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Sl. No. Category Conditions

1. Newspapers(Daily) Circulation should not be less than 10,000 copies

of 4 full size pages per publishing day.

2. Newspaper

(Weekly/fortnightly)

Circulation should not be less than 10,000 copies

of 4 full size pages or 8 pages of tabloid size per

publishing day.

3. Periodicals/Magazines

(Upto fortnightly only)

Circulation should not be less than 10,000 copies

with a minimum of 40 pages per publishing day.

4. Wire News Agency (a) Annual Revenue not less than Rs. 20.00 lakh

(b) Should have at least 30 news subscribers.

5. News Photo Agency/News

Feature Agency

(a) Annual Revenue not less than Rs. 2.50 lakh

(b) Should have at least 20 paying subscribers.

(C) News Organisations (Electronic Media)

Sl. No. Category Conditions

1. TV Programme Production/ Telecast

Organisations

TV/Radio News Production

Organisations having air time

arrangements with Channels/Stations

Satellite Channels

News magazine producing

organisations having telecast/

broadcast tie-up with TV

Channels/Stations.

(a) Should have at least one news

bulletin/programme of minimum

15 minutes duration per day.

(b) At least 15 percent of their

respective air-time (approx. 3.5

hours in a 24 hours cycle)

dedicated to telecast/transmission

of news and news related

programmes per day.

(c) A minimum total cumulative

programme duration of 60 minutes

per week on news and news related

contents.

2. Television/Radio News Agencies (a) A minimum annual revenue of Rs.

15.00 lakh from news clips etc.

(b) Should supply news clips to at

least 5 subscribing Satellite

TV/Radio organisation on regular

basis.

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(D) Foreign News Media Representatives and Organisations will also be governed by

the same eligibility as mentioned at (A), (B) and (C) of this schedule. However,

no foreign freelance journalist will be eligible for grant of accreditation.

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Schedule – II

SCHEDULE OF QUOTAS FIXED FOR VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF

NEWSPAPERS/MEDIA ESTABLISHMENTS

(Rule 6.1)

PRINT MEDIA

Newspapers Belonging To Chains And Common Maximum No. of

Ownership Units With Aggregate Circulation : Accreditation

1. Between 75000 and One lakh 10

2. Between 1 lakh and 2 lakh 12

3. Between 2 lakh and 3 lakh 22

4. Between 3 lakh and 5 lakh 30

5. Between 5 lakh and 10 lakh 40

6. 10 lakh and above 45

Dailies with Circulation :

1. Between 10,000 and 15,000 01

2. Between 15,000 and 25,000 02

3. Between 25,000 and 35,000 03

4. Between 35,000 and 50,000 04

5. Between 50,000 and 75,000 05

6. Between 75,000 and one lakh 08

7. 1 lakh and above 10

Periodicals with Circulation :

1. Between 10,000 and 25,000 02

2. Between 25,000 and 75,000 03

3. Between 75,000 and 1 lakh 04

4. Between 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh 06

5. Between 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh 08

6. 2 lakh and above 12

7. Periodicals belonging to chains with

common ownership/multi-lingual

editions and combined circulation

above 5 lakh 15

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Cartoonist and Cartographers

of Newspapers 01

Cameramen :

1. Circulation between 10,000 and 25,000 01

2. Circulation between 25,000 and one lakh 03

3. Circulation between one lakh and 5 lakh 08

4. Circulation above 5 lakh 15

News Agencies (Wire) with Gross Annual Revenue:

1. Between Rs. 20 lakh and 1 crore 12

2. Between Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 5 crore 18

3. Between Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 10 crore 25

4. Rs. 10 crore and above 40

(Having services in one or more languages)

News Feature Agencies with Gross Annual Revenue :

1. Between Rs. 2.50 lakh and 5 lakh 02

2. Rs. 5 lakh and above 04

Indian News Photo Agencies with Gross Annual

Revenue:

1. Between Rs. 2.50 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh 02

2. Rs. 5 lakh and above 05

3. Photo (Wire) Agencies 10

Foreign Based Dailies and Periodicals 05

Foreign News Agencies:

1. Foreign News Agencies 10

2. Foreign Photo News Agencies 05

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Schedule – III

SCHEDULE OF QUOTAS FIXED FOR VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF

ELECTRONIC MEDIA

(Rule 6.1)

TV News Production/Telecast/Organisation:

Ø The Electronic Media Organisation having 3Cameramen and

news Bulletins/current affairs programmes 3 Correspondents

of a minimum of 15 minutes per day

Ø An electronic media organisation having 5 Cameramen

news Bulletins/Current Affairs programmes and

of more than 15 minutes and upto 30 5 Correspondents

minutes per day

Ø An electronic media organisation having 10 Cameramen

news Bulletins/Current Affairs programmes and

for more than 30 minutes per day 10 Correspondents

Ø A TV Programme production/telecast 2 Cameramen

producing a minimum total cumulative and

programme duration of 60 minutes per 2 Correspondent

day

Electronic Media News Agencies:

The eligibility of quota of accreditation in respect of TV/Radio News Agencies from

news and news related programmes with a verifiable revenue will be as follows:

Ø Revenue of Rs. 15 lakh to 25 lakh 2Cameramen

per annum and

2 Correspondents

Ø Revenue of more than Rs. 25 lakh 4 Cameramen

to 75 lakh per annum and

4 Correspondents

Ø Revenue of over 75 lakh and upto 6 Cameramen

2 crore per annum and

6 Correspondents

Ø Revenue of more than 2 crore and 8 Cameramen

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upto Rs. 10 crore per annum and

8 Correspondents

Ø Revenue of more than Rs. 10 crore 10 Cameramen

Per annum and

10 Correspondents

Foreign Electronic Media:

Ø Radio Broadcasting Organisations 3 Correspondents

Ø TV News Telecasting Organisation 5 teams of one

and News Agencies Cameramen and

one Correspondent

each

Ø TV and Radio News Channels with 8 teams of one

hourly telecast of News and current Correspondent and affairs programmes

one Cameraman

each