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Madhya Pradesh HC refuses to Issue a Blanket Order to Restrict circulation of Fake News on Social Media

Lawstreet Journal 25 Oct 2020 3:43am

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On Wednesday, 14th October 2020, a public interest litigation petition was filed by a social worker at the High Court of Madhya Pradesh. While reviewing the aforesaid plea, the High Court of Madhya Pradesh refused to put a blanket order on the fake news on social media platforms and stated that “The petitioner has not been able to point out any statutory provision of law which entitles the publicity department to have a check on such news.”

The petition was by a social worker. IN the PIL, the petitioner stated that a lot of unchecked news was being circulated through social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. and sought

  1. The court to issue orders banning fake news channels and fake journalists running misinformation through the social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube, etc. without permission of information and public relations department.
  2. Actions to be taken against the aforementioned elements under penal provisions
  3. Appropriate action to be taken by the information and public relations department and deputy magistrate of Ujjain restricting such activities in the future.

The bench hearing the case consisted of 2 judges: Justice S.C Sharma and Justice Shailendra Shukla. After hearing the plea, the court declined the admission saying that the petitioner has not been able to point out any statutory provision of law which entitles the publicity department to have a check on such news and further added that in case, any crime is committed, the petitioner is certainly free to take recourse to the statutory provisions and in case there… Continue Reading...


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