Welcome to Harishchandra Press Club and Media Foundation (HPCMF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating independent journalism, protecting journalists’ interests and rights, upholding media freedom, and providing comprehensive support in the field of journalism. Our foundation operates with the aim of promoting independent journalism, strengthening democracy, improving global rankings, and restoring public trust in the media.
Mission and Objectives
The primary mission of HPCMF is to promote independent journalism and encourage journalists to engage in public interest reporting. The foundation strives to secure editorial independence for any publications it initiates, ensuring they remain free from political, corporate, or any other pressures that could compromise their objectives. HPCMF is dedicated to protecting the interests and rights of journalists, providing wide support, and upholding media freedom. The foundation also collaborates with like-minded individuals, organizations, and institutions to promote independent journalism and provide training opportunities for aspiring journalists.
HPCMF was established in December 2020 by C.M. Jain and R.V. Pawar. With C.M. Jain leading the organization, the foundation has grown to become India’s pioneering non-profit organization dedicated to independent journalism. Since its inception, HPCMF has aimed to create an environment that supports unbiased reporting, fosters editorial independence, and restores public confidence in the media.
HPCMF actively participates in various activities related to journalism, both in India and globally. The foundation supports the production of online, broadcasting, digital, and print publications that cover current affairs, public policy, art, culture, and matters of public interest. Through organizing camps and offering financial and legal assistance, HPCMF encourages journalists to pursue public interest journalism and provides necessary support to protect their interests and rights. The foundation also collaborates with other non-profit publications, trusts, and institutions, extending aid and assistance to enhance the quality and reach of independent journalism.
Programs and Initiatives
- The Harishchandra Digital Platform – In February 2021, HPCMF launched “THE HARISHCHANDRA,” a leading news, analysis, and opinion website available in English, Hindi, and Gujarati languages. This digital platform serves as a vital resource for the public, providing reliable and independent journalism in the public interest.
- PLEDGE PETITION and Campaign for Ethical Journalism – In 2023, HPCMF initiated a campaign aimed at promoting integrity and transparency in journalism. The foundation launched a PLEDGE PETITION as part of this effort, urging individuals and media organizations to commit to ethical journalism. The campaign strives to foster responsible and accurate reporting practices in the media industry.
- MediaAid Plugin to Empowering Journalism – In Apr 2023, The HPCMF developed the MediaAid plugin, a powerful tool designed to empower journalists, writers, content creators, news sites, and blogging platforms. This free WordPress plugin provides a seamless way for these individuals and organizations to receive financial support from their audience, including one-time or recurring grants, tips, royalties, and subscriptions. By utilizing the MediaAid plugin, journalists and content creators can build a loyal community of supporters and increase their income, thereby promoting independent journalism and sustainability within the industry.
Transparency and Accountability
At HPCMF, we prioritize transparency and accountability in all our operations and endeavors. We believe in maintaining the highest standards of governance and ensuring that our stakeholders have a clear understanding of our activities. Here are some key aspects of our commitment to transparency and accountability:
- Integrity: We believe in upholding the highest standards of honesty, transparency, and ethics in all our actions and interactions.
- Independence: We strive to carry out necessary activities for journalism in the public interest without being influenced by any source, including funds, political, personal, or other forces.
- Freedom of the press: We are committed to protecting the freedom of the press and the right of journalists to report on issues of public importance without fear of retribution or harm.
- Accountability: We believe in holding those in power accountable and using journalism as a tool to drive positive change in society.
- Inclusivity: We value diversity and inclusivity, and strive to ensure that our organization and the journalism community we serve are representative of all voices and perspectives.
- Collaboration: We recognize the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving our mission and goals, and seek to work with other organizations and stakeholders who share our values and vision.
- Professionalism: We believe in promoting professionalism and excellence in journalism, and providing support and resources to help journalists develop and enhance their skills and knowledge.
- Innovation: We are committed to fostering innovation in journalism and exploring new ways to engage with and inform our audiences in a rapidly evolving media landscape.
Legal Status and Registration
HARISHCHANDRA PRESS CLUB AND MEDIA FOUNDATION (HPCMF) is a not-for-profit company incorporated on December 05, 2020, under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.
We are proud to be registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. Our registration details are as follows:
- Section 8 License Number: 122423
- CIN Number: U85300GJ2020NPL118664
Additionally, we have obtained registration with Niti Aayog and NGO Darpan. Our registration number is GJ/2021/0288152, which further strengthens our commitment to transparency and accountability.
We have also been allocated a PAN AAFCH5698R by the authorities. Our PAN Number is AAFCH5698R, which enables us to carry out various financial and legal transactions in compliance with the relevant regulations.
As a not-for-profit organization, we strive to uphold the highest standards of integrity, governance, and compliance. Our legal status and registrations demonstrate our dedication to operating ethically and responsibly, ensuring that our initiatives positively impact the community we serve.
- C. M. JAIN, President
- R. V. PAWAR, General Secretary
- S. K. Patel, Secretary
- SAVITA RAJESH PAWAR, Treasurer
- J. N. SHAH, B. COM. LLB, Legal Advisor
- SANTOSH KUMAR, B.A, LLB, Legal Advisor
Partnerships and Collaborations
HPCMF actively collaborates with like-minded individuals, organizations, nonprofit publications, trusts, foundations, and institutions that share a common vision of promoting independent journalism. These partnerships facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources, and expertise, furthering the foundation’s mission and impact in the field of journalism.
We believe in the power of journalism to drive positive change and hold those in power accountable. By providing support to journalists, we can help them continue to do their important work without fear of retribution or harm. Our foundation seeks to build a community of journalists who share our values and vision for a world where independent journalism is cherished and respected.
We look forward to partnering with you to advance our mission and vision for a better world. If you want to become a part of the ‘HPCMF’ Please click on the “Register” fill out a few details or get in touch at [email protected] and we’ll get back soon.
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HARISHCHANDRA PRESS CLUB AND MEDIA FOUNDATION
Office No. 119, Sitaram Complex,
Nr. Railway Garnala, Vapi, Valsad,
Gujarat 396191 ( INDIA )
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