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Andhra govt defends move to empower secretaries to sue media outlets

By News Minute calender  18-Oct-2019

Andhra govt defends move to empower secretaries to sue media outlets

  • Previously, the AP government had empowered departmental secretaries to take legal action against media outlets and sue them for defamation.
     
  • "The state government believes that there is an imperative need for the flow of news in an accurate manner without any distortion, slant or prejudice," the statement said.
     
  • The state cabinet accepted the proposal presented by the Information & Public Relations (I&PR) Minister to file cases under the law in case of 'baseless' media reports.
     
  • "The Cabinet decision that was taken on October 16 was decentralisation of power and delegating the same powers to secretaries" it added.
     
  • The CMO said that the Cabinet decision was "an extension of the existing practice by roping in the concerned Secretaries instead of the Commissioner of I&PR alone."

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