Last week LRO “The legal rights observatory”, a NGO had asked substantive evidences in support of the claim by the Times group’s Marathi newspaper Maharashtra Times which had published a news with the headline ‘refused to chant Jai Shri Ram Thrown out of the Train”. LRO now has written email to India’s leading news media members of NBSA, requested them to be cautious while reporting news regarding lynching as scores of such news were proven fake. LRO in its letter reminded media of Indian Penal Code 153A, 295A, 298.
Recently another newspaper from express group ‘Loksatta’ and Indian Express was censured by Press Council of India for the fake news. This type of news may trigger the religious riots in the country. It violates the journalistic ethics.
Express Group was censured by Press Council of India after complaint by activist Mr Akshay Phatak for same reason and DAVP action looms over group losing big chunk of revenue from advertisements. The Modi Government has already stopped issuing advertisements in major newspapers such as the The Hindu, The Telegraph and Ananda Bazar Patrika(ABP). However it is sure that in coming days it is not going to be easy for propaganda media to spread the fake news as the it was being peddled in past. Vigilant NGO’s and citizen journalists are now well prepared to bust the root cause of the Fake news Industry. LRO in its letter clearly conveys a strong message that it will ensure prosecution of those media houses spreading lies of ” Mob Lyniching” in future under IPC sections 153(A), 295(A) and 298 including sections of IT Act in broader national interest.