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As Editor condemns but as Jagan advisor defends it

As Editor condemns but as Jagan advisor defends it

As Editor condemns but as Jagan advisor defends it
November 04
08:57 2019

In a turn of situations, the former editor of Hans Indian now Andhra Pradesh Special Advisor K Ramachandra Murthy said that there has been widespread negative propaganda about the newly introduced GO No 938, which sought to take legal action against false, baseless and defamatory news. He says that the new law only empowered the victims an option fo legal action could be initiated against defamatory news spread with malafide interest in print, electronic, and social media. On October 16, the state Cabinet had given its nod to revive the G.O. (No.938) issued on February 20, 2007.ironucally Murthy had in 2007 heading other publications castigated the goverment of YSR  and even written long editorials against the same GO and participated in dharnas and journalist ralies .

The GO was in no way curbing press freedom, he clarified, and that the intention of the GO was only to he says prohibit false news against the Government and its policies. He also strongly stated that the Government has every right to disallow any form of false and baseless information against it. He lectured the journalists that rejoinders were not being published nowadays and questioned them about ethical journalism. Ramachandra Murthy also sought to clarify that there was no malafide intention behind the GO and neither was it something new or extraordinary.Unlike the previous government, we are not targeting any particular media house through this GO,” he said.

Reminding them that the Chandrababu government had issued five such GOs in the past and had also named a media house in particular, but this GO was only trying curb false and baseless news.

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