The Centre Is Back to Using the Bogey of 'Fake News' to Try and Suppress Press Freedom -Devika Tulsiani and Soutik Banerjee
There are no credible reports suggesting that migrant workers decided to walk home based on fake news.
In a recent public interest litigation (Alakh Alok Srivastava vs Union of India), the Centre sought a direction from the Supreme Court that “no electronic / print media / web portal or social media shall print / publish or telecast anything without first ascertaining the true factual position from the separate mechanism provided by the central government.”
This direction has been sought in a status report submitted by the state detailing the steps it has taken thus far to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Such a direction has been sought on the basis of the claim that, “Any deliberate or unintended fake or inaccurate reporting either in electronic, print or social media and, particularly, in web portals has a serious and inevitable potential of causing panic in large sections of the society.
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TheWire.in, 2 April, 2020, https://thewire.in/law/covid-19-fake-news-media-supreme-court