Credibility Of Journalism Under Question Today: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rathore, spoke about the controversy over the recent ‘Fake News’ order and its overruling by the Prime Minister at the ongoing Goafest 2018

e4m by Ruhail Amin
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 10:00 AM

Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, spoke about the controversy over the recent ‘Fake News’ order and its overruling by the Prime Minister at the ongoing Goafest 2018.

When asked about the recent order by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to curb the menace of ‘Fake News’, the minister underlined that “in today’s time no news can be stopped.”

Explaining the rationale behind the order, Rathore said, “It (the order) shatters another myth that media has created which was that the Prime Minister is the whole and sole in charge and he doesn’t let any minister do anything and everything was in his control. The fact is that all ministers are free to make their decisions. In this particular case, when the ministry took a decision the PM overruled it in less than 24 hours and said the best control is self-censorship. I’m certain that the minister in charge and the ministry had a certain vision and she also tweeted that she was willing to interact with the journalists to arrive at a solution.”

There have been concerns about the way the government approached the issue of ‘Fake News’. Most journalistic bodies have criticized the move and termed it an attempt to control freedom of press.

When asked if the current government was trying to use the debate around Fake News as a tool to control the media, Rathore stated that the credibility of journalism was under the scanner and added, “It’s a fact that the journalist cadre is under a whole lot of questions today by the general public. There are also question marks about the credibility of journalism today. There is a challenge now of how journalism can become what journalism was earlier. It’s a challenge for us as well.”

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