The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday advised the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to withdraw its press release on fake news and said the decision on what amounts to fake news should be left to bodies such the Press Council of India.
The MIB had announced measures to contain fake news on Monday, saying the accreditation of a journalist could be permanently cancelled.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) minister Smriti Irani said she is “happy to engage with journalists. Smriti is more than happy to engage with journalist body or organisation/s wanting to give suggestions so that together we can fight the menace of ‘fake news’ & uphold ethical journalism.
Opposition Launches Sharp Attack On BJP Government Over Fake News
Opposition parties on Tuesday attacked the central government over the now-withdrawn guidelines on fake news, with the Congress saying fascism has touched its peak and the AAP and the CPI(M) likening the prevailing situation to the Emergency
West Bengal Cheif Minister Mamata Banerjee question about Fake News.
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 3, 2018
The PIB circular on #FakeNews control is a brazen attempt to curb press freedom, a sure sign that the Govt has lost its way. We demand the immediate withdrawal of such a draconian move. And
what about #FakeNews spread by a political party on a regular basis ?
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 3, 2018