Goa accreditation rules 2002 (currently in force)


[ACCREDITATION RULES, published by the Department of
Information Series I No 39 dated December 26, 2002.
Notification DI/INF/Acc.Com/2002/3502] The Government of Goa,
in supersession of all previous notifications published in
the Official Gazette, in this behalf, hereby makes the
following rules, namely:-

1. SHORT TITLE AND COMMENCEMENT: (1) These rules may be
called the Goa State Media Representative Accreditation
Rules, 2002.

(2) They shall come into force from the date of their
publication in the Official Gazette.

2. DEFINITION: In these rules, unless the context otherwise
requires:

(a) “Committee” means the Press Accreditation Committee
constituted by the Government to advise the Government in
respect of accreditation of media representatives working at
the headquarters of the Government;

(b) “Government” means the Government of Goa;

(c) “editor” means the person defined as editor under the
Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 (25 of 1867);

(d) “media representatives” means the correspondent, press
photographer, sports journalist or representative of any
newspaper, news agencies, broadcasting concern or electronic
media, provided he/she is a working journalist;

(e) “Member Secretary” means the Director of Information of
the Government;

(f) “newspaper” means any publication, printed and
distributed at fixed intervals, which contains news and
comment of public interest as defined in the Press and
Registration of Books Act (25 of 1867) but not a publication
containing information of sectional interest such as house
journals;

(g) “State” means the State of Goa;

(h) “working journalist” means a working journalist as
defined in the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper
Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous
Provisions Act, 1955 (45 of 1955), as amended from time to
time;

(i) “accreditation” means recognition of media
representatives by the Government for the purpose of access
to sources of information in the Government and also to news
materials, written or pictorial, released by the Department of
Information and/or other agencies of the Government.

3. AMENDMENT TO RULES: These rules may be
amended/altered/modified/added to on the recommendation of
the Committee, if a proposal to this effect is made to the
Committee, by at least three of its members or the Member
Secretary.

4. APPLICATION OF RULES: These rules shall apply to the
accreditation of media representatives to the Government at
headquarters at Panaji.

5. CONSTITUTION OF COMMITTEE: (1) The committee shall consist
of nine members including the Member Secretary.

(2) Three members shall be the nominees of the Goa Editors’
Guild, or, in its absence, of the editors of daily newspapers
published from Goa and four members will be nominees of the
Goa Union of Journalists which shall include one
photographer, besides one sports journalist, nominated by the
Sports Journalists Association of Goa.

(3) The members of the Committee shall elect a Chairman from
among themselves by a simple majority.

6 TERM OF COMMITTEE: (1) The normal term of the Committee
shall be two years commencing from the date of its first
meeting, but shall continue till a new Committee is
constituted.

(2) The constitution of the new Committee shall not be
delayed for more than three months after the expiry of the
term of the existing Committee.

7 MEETINGS: The Committee shall meet once in every three
months. The Member Secretary shall convene the meeting by
fixing the date of the meeting and the agenda, inc
consultation with the Chairman of the Committee.

8 QUORUM: Five members, excluding the Member Secretary, shall
form a quorum of a meeting;

Provided that, if a meeting be adjourned to some other date
for want of quorum, the adjourned meeting shall be held on
such other date whether there be quorum present or not.

9 NOTICE: Seven clear days notice shall be given for
convening a meeting of the Committee. But emergent meeting
may however, be held after giving a 48 hour’s notice.

10 APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION: (1) The application for the
accreditation shall be submitted by the Editor of the
newspaper, editor of a news agency, in-charge of news unit of
the broadcasting concern and by the concerned head of news
unit of the electronic media, etc., to the Member Secretary.
Full details about the professional experience of the media
representative shall be furnished with the application for
accreditation, on a prescribed form available with the Member
Secretary. The Member Secretary shall refer the applications
to the Committee for consideration in its next meeting;

(2) The application referred to in sub-rule (1) shall also be
accompanied by a letter from the Editor (or Resident Editor
in case of outstation newspapers), recommending accreditation
on behalf of the newspaper concerned. The application shall
be accompanied by a letter from the in-charge of news unit of
the broadcasting concern, concerned head of news unit in case
of electronic media, and by the editor in case of a news
agency.

(3) Accreditation on a provisional/temporary basis may be
granted by the Member Secretary in consultation with the
Chairman of the Committee, till such time as the committee
meets thereafter, provided the applicant fulfils the
conditions laid down for grant of accreditation on a regular
basis and provided that he/she was accredited earlier to any
other media organisation or has been posted as a replacement
for a duly accredited correspondent and the media
organisation concerned has no other accredited correspondent
in Goa. No provisional accreditation shall be granted to a
fresh applicant.

11. CONDITIONS FOR ACCREDITATION: (1) The media
representative shall fulfil the following conditions for
accreditation —

(i) His/her office should be normally in Panaji and he/she
should submit contact address in Panaji at the time of
application for accreditation and thereafter during the
period of accreditation for the purpose of official
correspondence.

(ii) The applicant should be a working journalist.

(iii) At the time of the application, the applicant who seeks
accreditation should have spent not less than five years as a
journalist. However, these requirements may be waived in case
of new newspapers.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in clauses (i) and
(iii) of sub-rule (1), the Committee shall be guided by the
following aspect in recommending either grant or withdrawal
of accreditation;

(a) regularity of newspaper/news agencies;

(b) submission of necessary papers in respect of salary,
income, etc, by the applicant whenever the Committee so
requires

(c) Newspapers shall publish minimum 350 issues, a weekly
shall publish minimum 50 issues, a monthly shall publish
minimum 12 issues and a fortnightly shall publish minimum 23
issues, per annum.

(3) In case of news agencies, etc, the factors to be taken
into consideration to determine accreditation are:

(i) nature and type of the agency

(ii) method of distribution of its service

12 VALIDITY OF ACCREDITATION: accreditation shall be valid for
a period of one year with effect from 30th June.

13 NUMBER OF CORRESPONDENTS TO BE ACCREDITED: (1) Newspapers
shall not be entitled to have more than three accreditations
for the daily published and printed in Goa. All other media
organisations, including outstation daily newspapers, shall
be entitled to one accreditation only.

(2) Any publication printed and published in Goa, which
fulfils the conditions laid down in rule 11(2)(c), shall
have, in addition to the above one accreditation each for a
photographer and a sports journalist.

(3) A senior journalist may be granted accreditation on
account of his/her retirement or otherwise, provided he/she
has completed 25 years in the profession and 15 years as an
accredited journalist or editor of a daily newspaper, and
continues to be active as a journalist.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in subrules (1) and
(2) above, the committee may change the number of
accreditations for any daily newspaper arising out of its
professional requirements after recording reasons in writing
and being satisfied about the same.

14 EFFECT OF ACCREDITATIONS: (1) Accreditation does not
confer any official status on the media representatives but
shall recognise and identify him/her as a professional
journalist dealing with news of public interest. He/she
should not have letter heads, visiting cards and display
boards with the words “Accredited to the Government of Goa”
or any words to similar effect.

(2) Accreditation shall be used for journalistic purposes and
for no other purposes.

15. ACCREDITATION IS PERSONAL: Accreditation is personal and
not transferable.

16. ACCREDITATION CARD FOR PRESS REPRESENTATIVES: (1)
Accreditation card bearing a passport size photograph of the
media representatives will be issued to an accredited media
representative by the Member Secretary.

(2) The accreditation card will normally be utilised for
attending press conferences convened by the Government, or
any authorised Government officer and for entry into
Government offices.

(3) The accreditation card shall not be admissible for
attending special functions or conferences, where entry is
covered by special invitation cards and security passes.

(4) The accreditation card will entitle the holder to receive
the facilities provided to him/her by the Government from
time to time in respect of medical, transport, housing,
Government accommodation in the State of Goa.

(5) Accreditation card shall be renewed each year between 1st
June to 10th June.

17 LIST OF ACCREDITED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES: The Member
Secretary shall maintain a list of accredited media
representatives representing any newspapers or news agency or
a broadcasting concern or electronic media.

18 REVIEW OF LIST OF ACCREDITED MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES: (1)
The list of accredited media representatives will be brought
upto date once during the year by the Member Secretary in
consultation with the Chairman of the Committee, in the light
of changes in respect of accredited media representatives of
outside newspapers, and dailies of the State.

(2) For the purpose of such a review, information regarding
circulation may be called for and media representatives be
asked to provide clippings of published dispatches or
photographic or audio/visual clips from the news media
organisation concerned.

19 WITHDRAWAL OF ACCREDITATION OF MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES: A
media representative will be liable to dis-accreditation, if:

(a) he/she uses the information and facilities accorded to
him/her for non-journalistic purposes;

(b) in the course of his/her duties as a correspondent,
he/she behaves in an undignified or unprofessional manner;

(c) he/she ignores or violates the condition on which
information and facilities are provided by the Government, or
acts contrary to any provisions of these rules;

(d) the organisation on whose behalf the representative is
accredited ceases its publication or the network ceases to
function except for a short period for reasons of industrial
disputes or natural calamities.

(e) the accredited representative is found to have given
false information about himself/herself or about his/her
organisation and if the Committee, after giving a reasonable
opportunity to the representative concerned to defend
himself/herself, is satisfied that the charges are true, the
accreditation may be suspended/withdrawn for a period not
exceeding two years, and during this period he/she shall not
be eligible for the grant of further accreditation.

(f) He/she causes wilful publication of news that is
incorrect or false, in so far as Government is concerned. But
in case the newspaper itself is responsible and not the
accredited media representatives for such wilful publication
of false, malafide or incorrect reports, or abuse of
confidence, the newspaper concerned shall be liable to
dis-accreditation i.e. an action under these rules shall be
taken by the Chairman of the Committee after the matter has
been referred to him in writing by the aggrieved party. The
Committee, after due study of the complaint, shall recommend
appropriate action to be taken by the Government against the
concerned media representative or newspaper and the
Government decision in this regard shall be final.

(g) Provided that no decision to suspend/withdraw the
accreditation of a media representative shall be taken by the
committee except at a meeting attended by at least two-third
of its members.

20 NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF ACCREDITATION OF A PRESS
REPRESENTATIVE: When an accredited media representative
ceases to represent a newspaper, news agency, broadcasting
concern or electronic media on behalf of which he is
accredited, the fact should be brought to the notice of the
Member Secretary in writing by the media representative, or
by the Editor, or the Manager concerned, within fifteen days,
failing which the matter may be reported to the Committee by
the Member Secretary for necessary action.

21 CONTINUOUS ABSENCE FROM THE HEADQUARTERS: An accredited
media representative who is continuously absent for three
months from the headquarters shall forfeit his/her
accreditation, except on a written permission from the Editor
or the Manager of the newspaper concerned to that effect,
duly conveyed to the Member Secretary.

22 REPRESENTATION AGAINST DECISION: Newspapers/agencies and
correspondents can make representation to the Secretary of
Information to the Government against any decision related to
dis-accreditation which is prejudicial to them. Such
representation should reach the Secretary of Information to
the Government within two calendar months from the date on
which such decision was communicated to the newspaper, agency
or media representative concerned.

23 POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION DEEMED FIT:
Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the
Government shall be free to take any action warranted by
circumstances in matters relating to accreditation and
dis-accreditation and in giving press facilities and in all
these cases, the Government decision shall be final.

By order and in the name of the Governor of Goa.

Rajesh Singh, Director of Information and Publicity.

Panaji, 17th December, 2002.

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