India Backs Down From Threat to Penalize Journalists Over ‘Fake News’

India Backs Down From Threat to Penalize Journalists Over ‘Fake News’ Photo Newspapers for sale in New Delhi. The government’s “fake news” rule would have affected print and broadcast media, but not digital outlets. Credit Money Sharma/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images NEW DELHI — Facing strong criticism, the Indian government on Tuesday withdrew new rules under which journalists found to have written or broadcast “fake news” would lose their official accreditation, in some cases permanently.
The retraction came less than a day after the rules were announced on Monday evening. Rajat Sharma, the president of the News Broadcasters Association, which would have handled complaints against television journalists, confirmed the retraction and said the decision came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office.
The government provided no official explanation for why the amendment setting out the new rules was withdrawn.
Many in the Indian news media saw the new rules as an attack on the press..