DAVP gets tough

IN Media Watch Briefs | 11/04/2017

That many publications of varying periodicity exist largely to skim off advertising from DAVP is well known. What was not known was just how many such enterprising publishers there are all over the country. Now DAVP has published a list of 804 publications which are being suspended for not submitting monthly  copies to DAVP before the 15 of the following month, for the period  Oct 2016 to Feb 2017. These are required as proof of existence! Delhi tops the list with 233 such publications. UP follows with 166, Madhya Pradesh is third with 67. Tamil Nadu does not figure in the list.

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