In a baffling order, the Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur district authorities have asked media persons to furnish details of their WhatsApp groups.
The order has left the journalists shocked and baffled.
The journos have been asked to report their WhatsApp groups with the state’s information department.
Incidentally, the state information department is currently headed by state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself.
The order says that those who fail to comply would face legal action under the IT Act.
”Journalists in the district, who want to use or are using WhatApp groups need to disclose them to the district information officer’s office. Admin of any such group has to furnish detail of all the members of the group. He/she needs to submit copy of his Aadhaar card and photographs among necessary documents,” reads the order jointly issued by Lalitpur District Magistrate(DM) Manvendra Singh and Superintendent of Police(SP) O P Singh on August 25.
The diktat has for obvious reasons left the journos searching for the reasons for such a rule.
The diktat has drawn sharp reaction from local media professionals many of whom have already closed their WhatsApp groups.>