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International Press Institute terms contentious fake news guidlines ‘misguided policy’

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Important International institutions, agencies & fora, their structure, mandate

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: International Press Institute

Mains level: The menace of fake news and how to deal with it


Curbing press freedom a misguided policy

  1. The International Press Institute said that the Indian government’s contentious guidelines on fake news, which had to be withdrawn, was a “misguided policy”
  2. It would have severely impaired the freedom of journalists and their ability to report on crucial issues
  3. The new norms would have deprived journalists of government accreditation for publishing what it termed “fake news”

Background

  1. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) had issued a statement, announcing that it would withdraw accreditation of journalists found to have published or broadcast fake news
  2. The announcement did not define what constituted fake news

Back2Basics

International Press Institute

  1. International Press Institute (IPI) is a global organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices
  2. Founded in October 1950, the IPI has members in over 120 countries
  3. IPI’s membership is made up of editors and media executives working for some of the world’s most respected media outlets
  4. IPI is a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of non-governmental organizations that monitors press freedom and free expression violations worldwide
  5. IPI enjoys consultative status with the UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe
  6. Each year, IPI publishes an authoritative report on media violations around the world: The World Press Freedom Review
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