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

| April 3 , 2018 , 13:01 IST

After criticism and controversy, the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry's statement announcing the suspension of accreditation of journalists engaging in fake news.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that the I&B Ministry's press release regarding fake news be withdrawn and the matter should only be addressed in Press Council of India.

The amended guidelines for the accreditation of journalists stated, if the publication or telecast of fake news is confirmed, the accreditation of the journalist would be suspended for 6 months in the first violation, 1 year in the second violation and permanently for the 3rd violation.

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Soon after the guidelines were released, the public and politicians as well raised apprehensions on how the guidelines did not specify how it would be decided whether the news was 'fake news' and that the amendment muzzled the freedom of press. 

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry in its release had specified that any complaint of fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI), for print media, and to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), for electronic media.

Opposition leaders expressed protest on the I&B Ministry's announcement, alleging that the ruling government would misuse the stipulation to push forth its own agenda, which would possibly affect upcoming elections. 


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