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Only regi online portals to be allowed to operate: Arafat

Staff Reporter:

Seeking Deputy Commissioners help to fight against spread of falsehood and disinformation, state minister for information and broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat yesterday said only the registered and professionals online portals will be allowed to operate to ensure accountability and discipline in the media industry.
Arafat said this in a meeting with Deputy Commissioners on the third day of ongoing DC confer-ence at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
Emerging from the meeting Arafat told the media that he sought active support of the DCs to combat spreading rumors and misinformation.
“There are some unregistered online portals, which are spreading rumors. We have a plan to main-stream those,” he told reporters as he mentioned in the meeting with DCs.
Arafat said deputy commissioners echoed the demands of the journalists as they called for bringing discipline in the media industry, ascertaining minimum qualification for journalists and enacting necessary law for mass media employees.
Arafat said DCs are also anxious about the rumors and we have talked about fighting against ru-mors.
“But it’s impossible for the information ministry alone to combat the rumors being spread through online,” he said adding that everyone including the posts, telecommunications and ICT ministry have to work together.”
The state minister said DCs have close link with the grassroots people. Their initiative is very cru-cial to check any untoward incident triggered by any false information.
Arafat urged the DCs to monitor the contents being produced by cable operators to ensure their accuracy. He also asked them to enforce the directives regarding the transmission of clean-feed contents.

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