Will continue to act against fake news, says minister: Anurag Thakur

One day after the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced the blocked youtube channels India and Pakistan for “spreading false and unverified information to sow panic, incite communal discord and disturb public order in India,” I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday. that such actions will continue against those who spread disinformation and propaganda.

He said the government respects freedom of expression, but “the strongest measures will be taken in accordance with the law” against “those who become a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country”.

“Inside or outside the country, those who try to spread this type of propaganda, fake news, myths and fear, strict measures will also be taken in the future. We cannot compromise on the security of the country,” he said.

“We are not against using digital media to bring the right information to people. We welcome that. Fake news also has an impact on the mainstream media… it’s hard for an ordinary person to tell the difference between good and bad.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Delhi, when asked about the use of loudspeakers in places of worship, Thakur said “rules and regulations should be the same for everyone”.

He attacked the leadership of Congress for the “collapse of law and order” in Rajasthan, particularly in relation to crimes against women. “I wonder if Priyanka (Gandhi) and Sonia (Gandhi) are in the country or not these days. In Rajasthan, shameful incidents take place every day. Women and girls are raped and tortured, they are thrown into wells… the culprits are not arrested for days. I hope they will take these things seriously and the government of Rajasthan, which is sleeping soundly, will wake up,” the minister said.