Press Trust of India
The state broadcaster Prasar Bharati has threatened to cancel its subscription to the Press Trust of India (PTI), alleging that the news agency’s recent coverage was “detrimental to national interest” and undermined India’s “territorial integrity”.
What is the issue?
- The state broadcaster’s disquiet seems to have been sparked by an interview with China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong by the news agency.
- In the interview, Mr. Sun had put the onus of the conflict at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, and the subsequent clashes that killed 20 Indian soldiers, on India.
- Critics have alleged that the PTI failed to actually interview the Chinese Ambassador and rather put out a ‘propaganda’ paper of the Chinese Ambassador as the interview of the Chinese Ambassador.
About Press Trust of India
- Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India employing over 400 journalists and 500 part-time correspondents located in most of the district headquarters in the country.
- It was registered in 1947 and started functioning in 1949.
- It is India’s largest news agency, a non-profit trust run by a Board, comprising owners and proprietors of key newspapers groups in the country.
- It is headquartered in New Delhi. Its corporate office is located in New Delhi and registered office in Mumbai.