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PM Modi orders I&B Ministry to withdraw release on fake news

The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday ordered the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to withdraw its press release on fake news, holding that the decision on what constitutes fake news should be left to press bodies. According to official sources, the PMO felt that the government should not interfere in the matter. I&B ministry has now withdrawn its guidelines to regulate fake news, according to an official statement. According to the amended guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, if the publication or telecast of fake news was confirmed, the accreditation of that journalist would be suspended for six months in the first violation and for one year in case of a second violation.

Updated : 03 April 2018, 02:14 PM