The order issued on Monday night said that a journalist's accreditation would be suspended once a complaint of fake news was registered against him, which would be later determined by Press Council of India (PCI) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA). If the complain is related to the print, it will be referred to the Press Council of India and it is related to broadcast, it will be referred to News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for determination of the news item being fake or not.
The release talked of suspension of accreditation for six months in case of first violation, one year in case of second and permanently in case of third violation.
Seeking to allay the fears of those who are anxious the government will use the bill to crack down on dissent ahead of the general election, Law Minister Azalina Othman Said told the parliament that fake news cases would be handled through an independent court.
"The media were also anxious about growing incidents of fake news, but the Press Council is the right platform to deal with complaints regarding any fake news", Press Club of India president Gautam Lahiri said.
Journalists and opposition parties took a serious note of the order and described the guidelines as an attack on press freedom.
The Anti-Fake News Bill 2018, which sought to formulate a new law to stop the spread of fake news which could threaten the country's political stability and undermine public order, was passed on Monday with 123 voting in favour and 64 against, the New Strait Times reported.
The non-profit group that promotes and defends information and press freedom worldwide, noted that India's Hindu nationalists, on the rise since Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in 2014, were "trying to purge all manifestations of "anti-national" thought from the national debate".
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The Guild said that "fake news" is a process that can not be left to governments to initiate action when, on many occasions, the governments and the parties in power - both at the Centre and in the states - are charged with propagating fake news themselves.
A journalist is accredited to the Press Information Bureau of the Centre after five years of experience.
He also said that the government had to step in as the media had failed to rein in fake news.
Still, with no separate guidelines on fake news, some journalists and media owners also raised the need for introspection.
The Press Club of India has called for an emergency meeting in this regard in their premises on Tuesday to discuss the matter.