International Press Institute terms contentious fake news guidlines ‘misguided policy’

• The International Press Institute said today the Indian government’s contentious guidelines on fake news, which had to be withdrawn, was a “misguided policy” that would have severely impaired the freedom of journalists and their ability to report on crucial issues.

• The new norms would have deprived journalists of government accreditation for publishing what it termed “fake news”.

Whats the problem

• The policy did not define what constituted fake news, was strongly criticised by journalist

Background

• The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) had issued a statement on Monday, announcing that it would withdraw accreditation of journalists found to have published or broadcast fake news.

About International Press Institute

• Founded in 1950, the IPI is a membership-based organisation and works to promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfil its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.

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