The Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani silenced the Congress over the accreditation of a journalist regulation agenda in a Twitter battle.
Smriti Irani’s fitting reply to Congress on government’s plan to check fake news!
A lot of hostility came from Congress leader, Ahmed Patel on Monday. The former grilled the government by questioning its attempt to check the fake news. He raises eyebrows by asking whether it was targeting journalists from reporting news uncomfortable to the establishment. His query also questions the determination of a news item’s authenticity. Also expresses apprehension that misuse of rules to harass reporters may also be in effect. To all of this banter, Smriti Irani had a fitting answer!
Ahmed Patel statement caused a lot of stir in the media sector. He Tweets the following:
“I appreciate the attempt to control fake news but few questions for my understanding: 1.What is the guarantee that these rules will not be misused to harass honest reporters? 2. Who is going to decide what constitutes fake news? “3. Is it not possible that motivated complaints will be filed to suspend accreditation until an inquiry is on? 4.What is a guarantee that these guidelines will check fake news or is it an attempt to prevent genuine reporters from reporting news uncomfortable to the establishment?”
I appreciate the attempt to control fake news but few questions for my understanding:
1.What is guarantee that these rules will not be misused to harass honest reporters?
2.Who is going to decide what constitutes fake news ?
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) April 2, 2018
Union minister Smriti Irani, however, came up with an impressive reply.
She clarifies that P.C.I. (Press Council of India) and the N.B.A. (News Broadcasters Association), both of which don’t fall under the government’s jurisdiction. It surely will ascertain whether a news is fake or not.
Responding to Ahmed Patel, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani fires a fitting Tweet:
“Glad to see you awake Ahmed Patel ji. Whether a News article/broadcast is fake or not will be determined by PCI & NBA; both of whom I’m sure you know is not controlled/ operated by GOI”.
Glad to see you awake @ahmedpatel ji whether a News article / broadcast is fake or not will be determined by PCI & NBA; both of whom I’m sure you know are not controlled/ operated by GOI.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 2, 2018
As per the new amendment guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, if the publication or telecast of fake news is positive, the accreditation of that journalist will receive a suspension for a period of six months in the first violation and for one year in case of a second violation. A permanent ban will be in place for his or her accreditation, in case of a third violation. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting confirms in a release.