What's wrong if rules are enforced to check spreading of fake news?The I&B Ministry has issued certain guidelines and norms while publishing news and warned of implementation of punishments to Journalists who are engaged in spreading fake news barring them from a minimum period of 6 months to more than 3 years.
There was a hue and cry from all the media circle as if their privacy was torn to pieces with the endorsement of the opposition for it. As most of the news today is based on 'whispers in the corridor' or a paid news, we can't check the authenticity of the news. Gone are those days when journalists were dedicated to their profession with a sense of responsibility and now every news paper or channel is loyal or influenced by one or other political parties. Added to this, the growing competition among them to top the TRP ratings, the journalists today seems to have crossed the line of fire.
In such a scenario, what's wrong with the directive issued by the Smriti Irani led I & B Ministry to check them with certain guidelines? These orders were withdrawn after a protest from all corners and the Minister justified the action by simply saying every journalist should be responsible for his/her role. What's the reason, the nation wants to know?