PMO orders withdrawal of fake news circular

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/04/2018
What the I and B ministry  proposes the PMO disposes. After the  ministry decided  in its wisdom to amend the guidelines for accreditation to penalise those journalists who peddle fake news, there was an uproar and press bodies got busy drafting statements. The PMO moved to quickly withdraw the circular and said that the matter would be taken up by the Press Council of India.             
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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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