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India to cancel Journalist accreditation if fake news is proved

As per the amended guidelines, the accreditation of the journalists would be suspended for six months in the first violation, a year for the second and would be permanently cancelled in case of the third violation.


India to cancel Journalist accreditation if fake news is proved
The accreditation of the journalist will remain suspended until the investigation is going on about the authenticity of the news. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

Indian Government warned journalists of consequences in case of news is confirmed as fake. As per the amended guidelines, the accreditation of the journalists would be suspended for six months in the first violation, a year for the second and would be permanently cancelled in case of the third violation.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a release that any instance of fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI), in case it pertains to print media and to News Broadcasting Association (NBA) if it pertains to electronic media. The determination if the news item is fake or not is expected to complete within 15 days by these agencies.

The accreditation of the journalist will remain suspended until the investigation is going on about the authenticity of the news.

The regulatory agencies would also check whether the Norms of Journalist Conduct and Code of Ethics and broadcasting standards, that are prescribed by PCI and NBA, are being followed by journalists.


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