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Though there is no place for anything ‘fake’ in a civilised society, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s order lacks clarity on what constitutes ‘fake’ news (“Ministry withdraws order on ‘fake news’, April 4). The onus of deciding what is fake news should not be vested in a government for obvious reasons. How can we forget the Emergency? Unfortunately in India, though anything fake acquires more currency than the original and can affect persons and institutions, the fact remains that it peters out. A government need not be excessively obsessed with fake news. Credibility of news relies on who the dispenser is and I am sure that people cannot be fooled for long.

Sivamani Vasudevan,


The government’s objectives behind the guidelines were a clear attempt to cramp the legitimate freedom of journalists in reporting investigative and source-based stories. Defining what constitutes fake news should be left to the Editors’ Guild and not the I&B Ministry. Eliminating fake news altogether is a Herculean task.

K.R. Srinivasan,


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