India drops plan to punish journalists over ‘fake news’

India’s information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry on Tuesday withdrew a press release which said journalists who create or spread ‘fake news’ would lose their government accreditation. The U-turn after came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi (pictured right with Smriti Irani) raised concern over the order which drew sharp criticism from journalists and media houses. Cases of ‘fake news’ will be handled by the Press Council of India, a statutory body that governs the conduct of print media. I&B ministry did not define ‘fake news’ in the release cleared by its minister Smriti Irani late on Monday. On Tuesday, she said she would be happy to receive suggestions from journalists on how to tackle ‘fake news’