Reporter Terms and Conditions

The platform, ‘MCN Citizen Reporter’, accessed and availed through inter alia mobile application and its microsite, is one of the latest concepts in journalism, whereby common people can voice their opinion on issues confronting them. The ordinary citizens or amateurs are the audience or readers, who too want to share their stories and concerns in the society.

The latest technologies have lent a new life to the movement of citizen reporters globally. With the advent of cellular phones, digital cameras, internet and blogging, many people nowadays are contributing their bit to journalism by capturing news and circulating it globally and are thus termed as citizen reporters.

Citizen journalism is also known as public or participatory journalism or democratic journalism. It is the act of non-professionals, playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and disseminating news and information. The intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires.

Subject to editorial discretion/optional prepublication verification and applicable laws, this platform enables you to upload proprietary content (whether in the form of self-written news articles, statements, observations, comments, remarks, posts, self-captured or drawn photographs, videos, cartoons, sketches, portraits, caricatures, images, artistic renditions or otherwise) [collectively, “Content”] on the mobile application, ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ and/or its respective microsite on the worldwide web/internet (which may or may not be hosted on http://www.mycitynews.in/) for display, circulation, publication, dissemination and propagation by and through inter alia ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ and other proprietary print and non-print media of the MCN. (hereinafter “MCN”) without payment of any one-time or recurring consideration whatsoever.

The binding terms and conditions in PART - I herein shall apply only to the Content that is published in the proprietary MCN print media (hereinafter “Print Media Content”). For the sake of clarity, any content “solely” published electronically on the mobile application and/or microsite of ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ to the exclusion of MCN print media shall hereinafter be referred to as “Internet Service Provider Content” or “ISP Content” for short) qua which separate terms and conditions stated in PART – II of this document shall apply in entirety to you. Furthermore, any reference to ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ shall include a by-default reference to MCN and all of its current or prospective subsidiaries, associates, Affiliates (as defined hereafter), group companies of the MCN Group and vice-versa.

For the sake of clarity, the term “Affiliate” shall mean any person, company or other entity which controls, is controlled by or is under common control with another person, company or other entity. For the purpose of this definition of “Affiliate”, the term “control” or “controlled” shall mean whether whole or in part, by any person by virtue of the latter Person controlling: (i) the composition of the board of directors or managers, or (ii) owning or controlling a more than nominal percentage of the voting securities or interest of such person; or (iii) the power to direct, administer, influence and dictate policies of the other; or (iv) otherwise, where all the (i), (ii) and (iii) as aforesaid is exercised either by matter of fact or operation of law or under any contractual management or otherwise.

PART – I: BINDING TERMS & CONDITIONS IN RE ‘PRINT MEDIA CONTENT’

As a necessary precondition and as a consequence of publication of the Content in MCN publications, you unequivocally agree to our Privacy Policy and the following binding terms and conditions:

1. MCN shall not be liable for non-receipt and/or non-inclusion of Content on the mobile application or microsite (collectively, “Portal”) of ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ or any of its proprietary print and non-print media on account of its being stale, irrelevant, illegible, incomplete, invalid, damaging, harmful, harassing, malicious, derogatory, pejorative, sexist, offensive, disparaging, defamatory, seditious, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, in contempt of court and/or in violation of third party intellectual property rights, spam, unethical/immoral nature, or being prejudicial to public/national interest, disruptive of public order and tranquility, blasphemous, ethnically objectionable, being capable of inciting disharmony/feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or riots between different religious, racial, language, regional groups/castes/communities/races, encouraging money laundering or gambling, inciting commission of crime, violation of applicable laws or because of technical failures or otherwise. Mere submission of Content shall not entitle you to seek or claim for its necessary publication in ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ or any of the proprietary MCN print media.

2. You shall share your full name, address, date of birth, e-mail and mobile number along with substantiating proofs. Pursuant to your acceptance of these terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy, MCN shall be at liberty to use any personal information that you give us, in accordance with applicable laws for the purposes of this platform and for any marketing or other purposes, you may indicate your consent to, at the relevant point in time.

3. The Content must be original and shall not violate inter alia any provision of the Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012. If you are found plagiarising or infringing on others’ intellectual property rights, your Content would be immediately deleted and your name shall be blacklisted/barred for future. MCN does not bear any liability for copyright violations and/or infringement of intellectual property rights on your part and will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original Content submitted by you.

4. Concurrent with the submission of Print Media Content and its publication in MCN print media, you represent, warrant and undertake to MCN that your Content:
(i) Is exclusively your own creation and does not compromise or incorporate any spam and copyright or other intellectual property rights owned by any other person;
(ii) Is not harmful, harassing, derogatory, pejorative, sexist, offensive, disparaging, defamatory, seditious, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, blasphemous, ethnically objectionable, in contempt of court and/or in violation of third party intellectual property rights, unethical/immoral, does not encourage money laundering or gambling, incite commission of crime, violation of applicable laws and is not prejudicial to public/national interest and does not disrupt public order/tranquillity or stoke disharmony/feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or riots between different religious, racial, language or regional groups/castes/races or communities; and
(iii) Does not infringe any third party rights and/or any agreements to which you are a party;
(iv) You have not submitted/uploaded the Content in part or in whole to any competing or non-competing third party print or non-print publication/media nor has it been published or is under consideration for publication in any other media/platform/website or mobile application thereof;
(v) If you wish to share the Content with any third party, then you shall seek prior written consent of MCN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

5. By uploading the Content and any accompanying material, you agree that, you hereby
(i) Perpetually and irrevocably assign to ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’/MCN all your copyright/intellectual property rights on a worldwide basis with exclusivity and full title guarantee; and
(ii) Grant permission to ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’/MCN to have the Content included as an integral part of the MCN archives along with perpetual reuse rights;
(iii) If you wish to share the Content with any third party, then you shall be obliged to seek prior written consent of MCN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld;
Hence, all Print Media Content shall become the exclusive property of MCN, which owns and publishes inter alia ‘The MCN’ and will not be acknowledged or returned under any circumstances. In view thereof, your active participation and submission in ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ constitutes your irrevocable permission and consent to MCN and/or its publications to use, publish, display, circulate, distribute, disseminate, license, sublicense, propagate or reproduce the Content, in whole or in part, by or through any of the existing or prospective means, media, platforms and technology, whether available now or in future, without payment of any compensation/consideration whatsoever. Furthermore, notwithstanding anything contained herein, MCN shall have an unfettered right to assign its rights and obligations herein to any current or prospective subsidiaries, associates, Affiliates or group companies of itself or the MCN Group.

6. MCN reserves the right to add/cancel or amend/revise all or any part of these terms and conditions intrinsic and expedient to the functioning of the ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ without any prior notice in the event of unexpected business exigencies and/or circumstances arising beyond its control that make it necessary to do so. However, any changes to the terms and conditions shall be duly updated on this platform. In such circumstances, it shall be your exclusive responsibility alone to keep yourself informed as to any changes in the terms and conditions hereof.

7. You shall indemnify and keep MCN and its employees, staff, representatives, Directors and management harmless against any claims, counterclaims, demands, losses, actions, suits, proceedings, damages, penalties, costs, expenses, losses and liabilities (including reasonable legal fees) [collectively, “Losses”] incurred or suffered by it arising out of: (i) the Content irrespective of its benign or damaging/malicious/polemic nature in terms of Clauses 1, 4 (i), (ii) and (iii) hereinabove; (ii) negligence, intentional misrepresentation, willful misconduct and/or fraud in re Content; (iii) non-compliance and/or breach of terms and conditions herein, indicatively including, but not limited to, inter alia, infringement of third party intellectual property rights and sedition/obscenity/defamation etc.; (iv) non-compliance and/or breach of applicable laws.

8. MCN shall not be liable for any consequential damage, loss or disappointment suffered by you on account of your submission/publication of Content to/on ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ and/or MCN media.

9. The submitted/published Content on this platform and all differences or disputes thereon shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of India. Any disputes, differences and/or any other matters in relation and arising out of this mobile app and/or pertaining to these terms and conditions shall be referred to an independent, sole arbitrator appointed by MCN in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 and any subsequent amendment thereof. You hereby affirm your full faith in the impartiality of the MCN appointed independent, sole arbitrator. Furthermore, you agree that your consent to submit to the arbitration proceedings in accordance with the foregoing shall be deemed to have come into effect without any further act or deed immediately upon the emanation of the dispute. The arbitration proceedings shall be held in English and the seat of arbitration shall be at New Delhi. The arbitral award shall be final and binding.

10. All disputes shall be subject to exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi courts only

11. By submitting the Content, you confirm that you have read and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions without any demur of your own volition and by the decisions of MCN, which are final and indisputable in all matters relating to ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’. Any breach of these terms and conditions shall result in inter alia immediate blocking of the concerned contributor’s account and deletion of the Content (if published and to the extent practically possible) without prejudice to other rights and remedies of MCN under applicable laws.

PART – II: EXCLUSIVE TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ‘ISP CONTENT’

1. As a necessary precondition and as a consequence of publication of the ISP Content on the mobile application and/or microsite of ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ (collectively, “Portal”), as a contributor of ISP Content, you and all readers/subscribers of the ISP Content unequivocally agree to our Privacy Policy and the following disclaimer and binding terms and conditions: 1. As an internet service provider of the mobile application and related microsite of ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ [hereinafter mobile application and the microsite are collectively referred to as “Portal”], MCN Internet Limited (hereinafter “MCN”), shall not be jointly or severally liable along with MCN for any ISP Content on the Portal that is potentially or actually stale, irrelevant, illegible, incomplete, invalid, damaging, harmful, harassing, malicious, derogatory, pejorative, sexist, offensive, disparaging, defamatory, seditious, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, spam, in contempt of court and/or in violation of third party intellectual property rights, unethical/immoral nature, or is prejudicial to public/national interest, disruptive of public order and tranquility, blasphemous, ethnically objectionable, capable of inciting disharmony/feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or riots between different religious, racial, language, regional groups/castes/communities, encourages money laundering or gambling, inciting commission of crime, violation of applicable laws or otherwise.

2. Contributors shall share their full name, address, date of birth, e-mail and mobile number along with substantiating proofs. Pursuant to contributors’ acceptance of these terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy, MCN/MCN and the Portal shall be at liberty to use any personal information that contributors’ give us, in accordance with applicable laws for the purposes of this platform and for any marketing or other purposes, contributors’ may indicate their consent to, at the relevant point in time.

3. The ISP Content must be original and shall not violate inter alia any provision of the Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012. If contributors’ are found/reported to be plagiarising or infringing on others’ intellectual property rights or infringing Clause 4 herein below, their ISP Content would be immediately deleted and their name shall be blacklisted/barred for future. Jointly and severally, MCN/MCN and the Portal do not bear any liability for copyright violations, infringement of intellectual property rights and/or any infringement of these terms and conditions (including Clause 4 herein below) on part of the contributors and will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original Content submitted by them.

4. In re ISP Content, contributors’ represent, warrant and undertake to MCN/MCN and the Portal that their ISP Content:
(i) Is exclusively their own creation and does not compromise or incorporate any spam and copyright or other intellectual property rights owned by any other person;
(ii) Is not harmful, harassing, derogatory, pejorative, sexist, offensive, disparaging, defamatory, seditious, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, blasphemous, ethnically objectionable, in contempt of court and/or in violation of third party intellectual property rights, unethical/immoral, does not encourage money laundering or gambling, incite commission of crime, violation of applicable laws and is not prejudicial to public/national interest and does not disrupt public order/tranquillity or stoke disharmony/feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or riots between different religious, racial, language or regional groups/castes or communities; and
(iii) Does not infringe any third party rights and/or any agreements to which they are a party;
(iv) They have not submitted/uploaded the ISP Content in part or in whole to any competing or non-competing third party print or non-print publication/media nor has it been published or is under consideration for publication in any other media/platform/website or mobile application thereof;
(v) If they wish to share the ISP Content with any third party, then they shall seek prior written consent of MCN/MCN, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
(vi) The registration identification information provided by Contributor is real/truthful and not fake/false or misrepresented information.
(vii) Contributor shall remain responsible for any and all consequence arising due to the Content submitted by you and shall keep MCN save & harmless from any & all claims arising out of any Content posted/submitted by you.

5. In re ISP Content and any accompanying material, contributors and readers/subscribers hereby agree and acknowledge that:
(i) As an internet service provider and as an “Intermediary” defined in terms of Section 2 (w) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and associated rules/guidelines/notifications thereof, MCN/MCN and the Portal are merely hosting the ISP Content strictly on “as-is, where-is” basis which is based completely on contributions received from the respective readers/contributors and MCN/MCN and/or Portal per se do not in any way have any role to play in creating, selecting, editing, altering, changing and/or modifying the ISP Content or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever and the aggregate liability for any ensuing Losses (as defined hereafter) shall solely rest with the respective contributor thereof for which MCN/MCN and the Portal shall not be liable in any manner whatsoever, specifically in terms of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 and associated Rules/Notifications/Guidelines or otherwise;
(ii) MCN/MCN and the Portal do not have any ownership rights, title and interest (including copyright) in the ISP Content hosted on the Portal;
(iii) Except for complaints/feedback received under Clause 3 hereinabove, MCN/MCN and the Portal do not have absolute regulation or control on the ISP Content hosted on the Portal;
(iv) Pursuant to discoveries/complaints/feedback under Clause 3 hereinabove, MCN/MCN and the Portal shall put in their commercially reasonable efforts in good faith to regulate/moderate the impugned ISP Content against potential or actual infringement of Clauses 4 (i), (ii) and (iii) hereinabove failing which it or its management shall not be liable for any legal consequences and shall reserve its right to initiate appropriate legal action, including both civil and criminal actions and remedies thereof;
(v) Pursuant to Clause 5 (iv) hereinabove, upon receipt of complaints/feedback on alleged or actual abuse or upon its own cognizance, MCN/MCN and the Portal reserve their right to delete/withdraw/recall/edit the ISP Content in whole or in part at their sole discretion which shall be final and binding on the contributors and readers hereof.
In view thereof, the ISP Content hereinabove continues being contributors’ exclusive property which will not be additionally acknowledged elsewhere. Nonetheless, contributors’ active participation and submission in the Portal of ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ constitutes their irrevocable permission and consent to MCN/MCN and/or its Portal to use, publish, display, circulate, distribute, disseminate, propagate or reproduce the Content, in whole or in part, by or through any of the existing or prospective means, media, platforms and technology, whether available now or in future, without payment of any compensation/consideration whatsoever.

6. The Portal reserves the right to add/cancel or amend/revise all or any part of these terms and conditions intrinsic and expedient to the functioning of the ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ without any prior notice in the event of unexpected business exigencies and/or circumstances arising beyond its control that make it necessary to do so. However, any changes to the terms and conditions shall be duly updated on the mobile application and the microsite constituting this Portal. In such circumstances, it shall be contributors’ and readers’ exclusive responsibility alone to keep themselves informed as to any changes in the terms and conditions hereof.

7. Given MCN/MCN’s and Portal’s status of an internet service provider and its consequent limitations on regulation and control of the ISP Content, contributors shall indemnify and keep MCN/Portal and its employees, staff, representatives, Directors and management harmless against any claims, counterclaims, demands, losses, actions, suits, proceedings, damages, penalties, costs, expenses, losses and liabilities (including reasonable legal fees) [collectively, “Losses”] incurred or suffered by it arising out of: (i) the ISP Content irrespective of its benign or damaging/malicious/polemic nature in terms of Clauses 1 and 4 (i), (ii) and (iii) hereinabove; (ii) negligence, intentional misrepresentation, willful misconduct and/or fraud in re ISP Content; (iii) non-compliance and/or breach of terms and conditions herein, indicatively including, but not limited to, inter alia, infringement of third party intellectual property rights and sedition/obscenity/defamation etc.; (iv) non-compliance and/or breach of applicable laws.

8. MCN/MCN and the Portal shall not be liable for any consequential damage, loss or disappointment suffered by contributors and readers on account of their submission/publication/subscription of ISP Content to/on ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’ and/or MCN media.

9. The submitted/published ISP Content on this platform and all differences or disputes thereon shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of India. Any disputes, differences and/or any other matters in relation and arising out of this platform and/or pertaining to these terms and conditions shall be referred to an independent, sole arbitrator appointed by MCN in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 and any subsequent amendment thereof. The contributors and readers hereby affirm their full faith in the impartiality of the MCN appointed independent, sole arbitrator. Furthermore, they agree that their consent to submit to the arbitration proceedings in accordance with the foregoing shall be deemed to have come into effect without any further act or deed immediately upon the emanation of the dispute. The arbitration proceedings shall be held in English and the seat of arbitration shall be at New Delhi. The arbitral award shall be final and binding.

10. By registering with as Contributor and contributing the content, you may also earn points by login at http://www.mycitynews.in (“the Site”). The points can be obtained as per the details provided on the Site or as amended from time to time. MCN/MCN reserves the right to modify, revise or amend the number of Points or to cease redemption on any Points.

11. All disputes shall be subject to exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi courts only.

12. In re ISP Content, contributors and readers confirm that they have read and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions without any demur of their own volition and by the decisions of MCN, which are final and indisputable in all matters relating to ‘The MCN Citizen Reporter’. Any breach of these terms and conditions shall result in inter alia immediate deletion of the Content (if published and to the extent practically possible) without prejudice to other rights and remedies of MCN under applicable laws.

13. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: Contributors agree not to submit, host, display, upload, modify, publish, transmit, update or share any information which
I. belongs to another person and to which the Contributors does not have any right to;
II. is grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous defamatory, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, libellous, invasive of another´s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever;
III. harm minors in any way;
IV. infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights;
V. violates any law for the time being in force;
VI. deceives or misleads the addressee about the origin of such messages or communicates any information which is grossly offensive or menacing in nature;
VII. impersonate another person;
VIII. contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer resource;
IX. threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, or public order or causes incitement to the commission of any cognisable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any other nation;
X. contain misleading information regarding the origin of the Content; or
XI. otherwise contains objectionable content.

14. Contributors further understand and agree that the MCN/MCN may, but are not obligated to, review the Contributors submissions and may delete or remove it (without notice) in its sole and absolute discretion, for any reason or without assigning any reason. If Contributors are found to be in non-compliance with any laws and regulations, these terms, or the privacy policy of the Site, the Company shall have the right to immediately terminate/block your access and usage of the Site and the Company shall have the right to immediately remove any non-compliant Content and/or comment, uploaded by user and shall further have the right to take recourse to such remedies as would be available to the Company under the applicable laws.

15. Grievance Redressal Mechanism:
Redressal Mechanism: Any complaints or concerns with regards to content and or comment or breach of these terms shall be taken up with the designated Grievance Officer as mentioned below via in writing or through email signed with the electronic signature with subject “Feedback-CITY NAME” to grievance officer at: help@mycitynews.in

Grievance Officer
Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
MCN House, 7 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002

16. Notice of Copyright Infringement:
Our policy is to comply with all Intellectual Property Laws and to act expeditiously upon receiving any notice of claimed infringement. If you believe that any work has been reproduced on this website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide a notice of copyright infringement containing all of the following information: A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner for the purposes of the complaint.
Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
Identification of the material on our website that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.
The address, telephone number or e-mail address of the complaining party.
A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.
A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notice of copyright infringement is accurate, and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the right that is allegedly infringed.

17. Relationship
None of the provisions of the Terms shall be deemed to constitute a partnership or agency between you and MCN and you shall have no authority to bind MCN in any manner, whatsoever. This agreement is solely for your and MCN benefit. It is not for the benefit of any other person, except for permitted successors and assigns under this Agreement.


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