New problems may come..!
The Editors Guild points out that there are already many laws in place to deal with content that contains fake information. Editor’s Guild believes that the newly introduced policy is primarily an attempt to silence the media. It said it would give greater powers to the PIB or ‘any other agency set up by the central government to check fake news’. Then there will be a situation where social media companies and other companies will force the media companies to remove the content. It is believed that the government may face new problems due to this.
In the draft, what is fake in relation to the activities of the central government (in respect of any business of the central government)? What is not? Referring to the wording specifically stating that the decision-making authority rests with the government, the Editors’ Guild opined that this stifles legitimate criticism of the government. It expressed concern that this would lead to a dangerous situation where the government would keep the media organizations, which are supposed to play a vital role in democracy, under its cover.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Tuesday released the Amendment to the Draft Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines, Digital Media Code of Ethics) Rules, 2021 for public comment.
The Editors Guild recalled that when the IT rules were first introduced in March 2021, serious concerns were expressed. It said that it is not reasonable for the central government to authorize the blocking, deletion and editing of published news without the supervision of judicial institutions. The Editors Guild said that various provisions of these rules may impose unreasonable restrictions on digital media.
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