High Court Seeks Action Against Illegal News Portals

Posted on 04 June 2022 | Author TT Online Desk

The High Court on Saturday directed the Principal Secretary Information Department to take appropriate action expeditiously on mushrooming of news portals without due procedure of law, reported Daily Excelsior.

According to the report, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice D S Thakur closed the PIL which was filed in view of mushrooming of news portals on social media without following the procedure governing the field.

Court has directed the petitioner to approach the concerned authority with a detailed representation giving suggestions therein for stopping the mushrooming of news portals on social media. “In the event, the petitioner so submits the representation and the suggestions, the Government and the Principal Secretary, Information Department would be free to consider the same and take an appropriate action most expeditiously as may be permissible in law,” the DB directed, according to report.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation about the mushrooming growth of news agencies on social media especially the news portals which are involved in circulating fake news, it was alleged in the plea that in the Union Territory, several such news portals like Kashmir News, Kashmir Voice, Kashmir Breaking News, News Kashmir 24/7, Kashmir Business Hub and Bol Kashmir etc are operating freely without any registration or license from any authority and these news portals are not under supervision and control of any authority whatsoever.

Court has been informed that there are multiple news agencies and whatsapp / facebook/ YouTube news channels and other electronic news agencies operating in both the regions which are actively engaged in the transmission of various types of news bulletins and reports

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