The Editors Guild Notes Worry about the Karnataka Government's Decision to Form a Fact-Checking Body
The Editors Guild of India expressed worry about the Karnataka government's decision to establish a fact-checking team to monitor fake news on social media platforms.
The Guild insisted that efforts to check such content have to be by independent bodies that are not under the sole purview of the government lest they become tools to clamp down on voices of dissent.
Any such monitoring framework should follow principles of natural justice, including giving prior notice, right to appeal and judicial oversight, the Guild adds.
It said such fact-checking units should also be set up with due consultation and involvement of all stakeholders, including journalists and media bodies, so that press freedom is not tampered with.
The posts and reports that are tagged as fake by the fact-checking unit will be taken down, and if required, the government can also take penal measures under relevant provisions of the IPC
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Karnataka's IT & BT Minister Priyank Kharge says , “The posts and reports that are tagged as fake by the fact-checking unit will be taken down, and if required, the government can also take penal measures under relevant provisions of the IPC.”