New Delhi, April 3: The Guidelines for accreditation of Journalists amended to regulate “FakeNews” has been withdrawn by the government on Tuesday.
Following the Prime Minister office direction the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting came up with the decision.
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In an unprecedented move on Monday, the Centre had amended accreditation guidelines for journalists after noting “increasing instances of fake news in various mediums including print and electronic media”.
“Noticing the increasing instances of fake news in various mediums including print and electronic media, the Government has amended the Guidelines for Accreditation of Journalists. Now on receiving any complaints of such instances of fake news, the same would get referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it pertains to print media and to News Broadcasters Association (NBA) if it relates to electronic media, for determination of the news item being fake or not”, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting stated in an official statement.
According to the rules, If the journalist found guilty of publishing or propagating fake news, accreditation would be suspended for a period of six months for the first violation and for one year in the case of a second violation.
While, for repetitive third offence, the journalist’s accreditation will be cancelled permanently.
“The Accreditation Committee of the PIB which consists of representatives of both PCI and NBA shall be invariably be reached out to for validating any accreditation request of any news media agency”, it added.
The Ministry further had said while examining the requests seeking accreditation, the regulatory agencies will examine whether the `Norms of Journalistic Conduct’ and `Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards’ prescribed by the PCI and NBA respectively are adhered to by the journalists as part of their functioning. It would be obligatory for journalists to abide by these norms.