Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

PMO tells I&B ministry to withdraw orders on fake news

New Delhi: After widespread criticism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday intervened and directed the I&B ministry to withdraw its order that threatened to take away the accreditation of journalists found propagating fake news.

Irani tweeted saying her ministry is “is more than happy to engage with” journalists who want to check fake news

“(The) Prime Minister has directed that the press release regarding fake news be withdrawn and the matter should only be addressed in the Press Council of India,” an official source said.

The PMO further said issues to do with fake news should only be addressed in and by the Press Council of India (PCI), the regulatory body for print journalism.

The PMO’s directive came minutes after I&B minister Smriti Irani tweeted saying her ministry is “is more than happy to engage with” journalists who want to check fake news.

The order issued on Monday night had warned that journalists would be denied access to the government even on mere accusations of spreading fake news and could lose their accreditation for a limited period or permanently.

Journalists and opposition parties took a serious note of the order issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and described the guidelines as an attack on press freedom.

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