4 min read.Updated: 04 Apr 2018, 06:49 AM ISTLivemint
Debates about ethics and rigour in journalism are importantbut the government's directing these debates would be dangerous
The Narendra Modi government’s attempt to regulate the press was as brief as it was ill-conceived. On Tuesday, less than a day after the Union ministry of information and broadcasting put out a statement amending the guidelines for journalists’ accreditation, it was rolled back at the prime minister’s direction. This is to the good. Combating “fake news" is a popular cause these days, and with good reason. But heavy-handed government intervention that threatens to suspend or cancel journalists’ accreditation for ill-defined offences—in the crucial run-up to an election year, at that—is exactly the wrong way to go about it.