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PM asks I&B ministry to withdraw press release on fake news

Apr 03, 2018 14:33 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of a controversial press release by the information and broadcasting ministry that said journalists found guilty of writing or broadcasting “fake news” would lose their government accreditation.

The Prime Minister’s order came as information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani tweeted to say that she was “more than happy” to meet journalists for their suggestions on “fighting fake news”.

The fake news problem will be dealt with by the Press Council of India (PCI), Modi ordered.