Ahmedabad: The Information and Publicity department of the Diu-Daman Union Territory Administration issued a circular dated April 12, 2018 to all the print media houses and its editors displaying its displeasure over several newspapers and periodicals not carrying the press releases and public notices sent by the government to them. It further threatened the news papers with action and said it will not issue government advertisements to those outlets that won’t carry the government press releases. But the administration realised their folly in some time a quickly pulled back the circular and slapped the concerned authorities with show-cause notices.
When MeraNews got in touch with the Diu-Daman administrator Prafull Patel in regards to this, he said that right after he got to know about this issue, he ordered the cancellation of the circular and that newspapers cannot be forced to take press releases and photographs given to them by the government.
This is not the first instance of the government trying to dictate or meddle with the working of media and press. Earlier this month, the Information and Broadcast Ministry headed by Smriti Irani had issued a circular that threatened journalists with taking away their PIB (Press Information Bureau) accreditation if they are found propagating or producing fake news. It had faced severe backlash from the journalists and the Modi government had to pull back the circular by next day in the afternoon.