Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that the press release regarding fake news be withdrawn and the matter should only be addressed in Press Council of India. PM Modi directed to withdraw guidelines for the journalists to stop fake news.

This statement comes a day after the Centre made amendments to the guidelines for Accreditation of Journalists.

A release, issued on Monday, said that the Press Council of India (PCI) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the two regulatory bodies for print and television media respectively, will determine whether the news is fake or not ANI reports.

“Determination is expected to be completed within 15 days by these regulating agencies. Once the complaint is registered for determination of fake news, the correspondent or journalist whoever created or propagated the fake news will, if accredited, have the accreditation suspended till such time the determination regarding the fake news is made by the regulating agencies mentioned above,” the press release read.

The Accreditation Committee of the PIB, which consists of representative of both PCI and NBA, shall be invariably reached out for validating the accreditation request of any news media agency.

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