Council of Information and Broadcasting is a non-profit body established by the ISWF as the leading organization in the integration of media and the conduct and discipline of journalists. The Council started as a self-regulating body to integrate media industry in India but transited through the Information & Broadcasting act and adopted co-regulation media regulation approach, where board members and the Secretariat while council will be receiving funds to support some of its activities, remain very independent in their operations and are not subject to any form of control.

Fundamental public interest maxim of media freedom and freedom of expression and principles of open and independent media that promotes participatory democracy rule of low accountability in the governance process underlay the media regulation process at the Council. The right and privileges of journalists are protected while professionalism and accountability of media workers is upheld. Training on the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism is a major activity while dispute resolution by the Complaints Commission of the Council ensures that the public have the opportunity to raise complaints against the conduct and behavior of journalists and media houses.

Vision

A professional and free media accountable to the public.

Mission

To safeguard media freedom, enhance professionalism and arbitrate media disputes.

Council is committed to the following guiding principles:

1. Integrity
2. Independence
3. Professionalism
4. Transparency and Accountability

Council’s Role, Mandate, Functions and Authority

The Council draws its mandate and authority from the concerned Industry. Its functions are to:

  • Promote and protect the freedom and independence of the media;
  • Prescribe standards of journalists, media practitioners and media enterprises;
  • Ensure the protection of the rights and privileges of journalists in the performance of their duties;
  • Promote and enhance ethical and professional standards amongst journalists and media enterprises;
  • Advise the government or the relevant regulatory authority on matters relating to professional, education and the training of journalists and other media practitioners;
  • Set standards, in consultation with the relevant training institutions, for professional education and training of journalists;
  • Develop and regulate ethical and disciplinary standards for journalists, media practitioners and media enterprises;
  • Conduct an annual review of the performance and the general public opinion of the media, and publish the results in at least two daily newspapers of national circulation;
  • Through the Cabinet Secretary, table before Parliament reports on its functions;
  • Establish media standards and regulate and monitor compliance with the media standards;
  • Facilitate resolution of disputes between the government and the media and between the public and the media and intra media;
  • Compile and maintain a register of accredited journalists, foreign journalists, media enterprises and such other related registers as it may consider necessary;
  • Perform such other functions as may be assigned to it under any other written law