New Delhi, Nov 4: The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) on Monday warned that the controversial Andhra Pradesh Government Order threatening defamation cases against erring news organisations for false news would have a 'chilling effect' on the media.
''While it is the right of the government to seek redress for wrong or defamatory reportage, giving the bureaucracy such sweeping powers will have a chilling effect on the media and vitiate the atmosphere in which the Press should function in a vibrant democracy,'' INS Secretary General Mary Paul said in a statement here.
Seeking revocation of the controversial GO, the journalist body appealed to the state government to revisit its decision, so that the rights of scribes were not circumscribed and the media was able to perform its task fearlessly.
The recently passed GO empowers the AP departmental Secretaries to lodge defamation cases against the media for references deemed objectionable. (UNI)