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Govt now issues guidelines to take down menace of ‘fake news’

crucial decision comes at a time when even other countries including the United States have also become vigilant about the spread of fake news

In yet another major decision, the central government has now resolved to take down the menace of fake news.

The government has said that that such an offence could lead to the accreditation of journalists found guilty of spreading false news being permanently cancelled.

The crucial decision comes at a time when even other countries including the United States have also become vigilant about the spread of fake news.

This latest decision is also being connected to the recent expose of the Cambridge Analytica scam which revealed instances of meddling with elections through unauthorised access to user data and spread of fake news.

The Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting laid down the amended guidelines in a press release.

The new guidelines propose that the government would permanently cancel the accreditation of journalists found guilty or creating or disseminating fake news.

As per the guidelines issued, if the publication or telecast of fake news is confirmed, the accreditation of the journalist behind it would be suspended for a period of six months in the case of first violation.

In the second time around, the accreditation would be suspended for a period of one year while a third time around, it might be cancelled permanently.

Also the body that would determine if news item is indeed fake news would be Press Council of India (PCI) for print media and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for the electronic media.

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