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PIB Denies Reports Of Plans To Track movement Of Journalists Through RFID Cards

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| April 4 , 2018 , 18:30 IST

The Press Information Bureau, which acts as the nodal body for union government’s external communications, rejected the reports that suggested the Information and broadcasting ministry was working on proposals to track the movements of journalists within government offices and premises. The report, which was published by a digital platform, said the PIB was planning to do so using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards.

The report claimed that PIB had written to the Home Ministry asking if the ID’s of journalists could be replaced by RFID cards.

Rejecting the report Director General of PIB, Frank Noronha tweeted, “This is totally incorrect/false/fake. There is no such instructions given to me by the Hon’ble Minister of I&B to . Outright figment of imagination. !”

Interestingly the report had quoted Frank Noronha himself confirming the move but also adding that there had been no progress on the same.

Press Information Bureau is responsible for the accreditation of journalists whom it provides PIB cards. This news came just a day after the ‘fake news’ regulation fiasco from the Information Broadcasting Ministry and was severely condemned on social media from journalists and activists for acting as a media gag.

Also Read: PMO Orders Withdrawal Of I&B Min Statement On Suspending Journalists' Accreditation For Fake News

The portal responded to Frank Noronha's tweet and have stated that their story is correct and they stand by it.