After sharp criticism, Modi government withdraws order threatening scribes over fake news, PIB deleted the order from its site

Order threatening scribes over fake news published on the site

New Delhi, April 3, 2018 (TMC Desk) After sharp criticism from different quarters, Modi government on Tuesday withdrew within hours the government’s order that threatened to take away the accreditation of journalists found propagating fake news.

“(The) Prime Minister Office has directed that the press release regarding fake news be withdrawn and the matter should only be addressed in the Press Council of India,” an official source said.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

Order threatening scribes over fake news published on the site

Even the order published on Press Information Bureau site was deleted as if no order was taken.

PIB deleted the order to wipe off trails of the order issued by the government


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