Press Council of India (PCI) member BR Gupta has resigned from his post stating that he was unable to work individually or collectively for the media.
Tendering his resignation letter Gupta further added that media is in a “deep crisis” and said PCI’s responsibility was to encourage media and (media) professionals constantly.
“However, everyone now realises that the media scenario is in a deep crisis,” Gupta said as he resigned from the port.
He further said that PCI was not able to fulfil the motto with which it was created and added that he was not doing anything remarkable for media freedom.
He also added that PCI was not an entirely representative body for the media.
He said that coming out of the crisis faced by the media and the media persons was a big challenge.
He also said that it was difficult for him to fulfil the unbiased role and responsibility to help citizens and the media for making democracy stronger.
“Media persons are struggling for social, political and economic justice,” Gupta said while referring to salary cuts and job losses of media persons.
However, PCI chairman Justice CK Prasad has not accepted Gupta’s resignation.