Press also guilty?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/03/2017

Goa's  AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar alleged that Rs 1000 crore changing hands  to enable the formation of the BJP government in Goa.  BJP President Vinay Tendulkar retaliated by sending him a defamation notice and the police filed an FIR against him. What's interesting is that Tendulkar has also made all the newspapers and TV channels which reported the allegation a party to the complaint by adding another section, 501 of the Indian Penal Code.This section relates to printing defamatory matter, for which  the punishment is two years of simple imprisonment. The offence is non-cognisable but the Goa Union of Journalists is not amused. Its President objected and the news spread on social media. CM Manohar Parrikar is reported to have phoned Patil and assured him that the offending section will be removed from the FIR today.                                                      

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The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

PTI reports that the West Bengal govt plans to come up with a law to tackle fake news and social media posts which cause unrest. The report quotes a Home Dept official saying that the state govt has kept data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years, and has records of past offenders to consider while framing the new law.  recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern, the report says.                    

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