Under the measure to curb fake news, the government said on Monday (2 April) that if a journalist is found to be making false reports or propagating fake news then his validity can be cancelled permanently.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that according to the revised guidelines for the recognition of journalists, if the publication or broadcast of fake news is confirmed, then the recognition of journalist will be suspended for six months for the first time. And if he is found to d o this for the second time, his recognition will be suspended for one year.
On the other hand, the recognition of the journalist will be canceled permanently if found to be infringing for the third time. The Ministry said that if the cases of fake news are related to the print media then complaint of this will be sent to the Press Council of India (PCI) and if it is found to be associated with electronic media then the complaint will be forwarded to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA).
These two agencies will determine whether the news is fake or not. The Ministry said that these agencies have to decide to be bogus / Fake news within 15 days. Both of these organizations will decide whether the news has been complained about whether it is fake news or not. Both will have to complete this investigation within 15 days. Once the complaint is lodged, the accused will remain suspended during the investigation.
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Recently Malaysia just made fake news illegal and punishable by up to 6 years
Malaysia’s Parliament passed a maximum six-year prison sentence on Monday (2 April 2018) on Fake News despite protests. Critics have expressed concern about it calling it a law to suppress the opposition before the general election.
After the discussion, the parliament approved the law. The ruling Barisan National (BN) coalition voted in favor of the new law. Local and foreign media are included under this law. Initially, there was a proposal of a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine of five lakh ringgits i.e. one lakh thirty thousand dollars (about 84.52 lakh rupees).
After heavy criticism, the government reduced the sentence to six years. According to Minister Azalina Othman, this law is not meant to stop the freedom of expression but to stop Fake News. Opposition, social activist, who advocated the freedom of the press, criticized the law about the possibility of limiting the freedom of expression and fierce freedom of speech.
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