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Press briefing of Cabinet Decision taken on 2021-04-19
Enactment of laws required for Protection from false and misleading statements made through Internet
- Online falsehoods create a severe threat and it has been observed that this situation is being used to divide the society, spread hate and weaken the democratic institutions. In view of resolving this issue, various countries have already taken action to enact laws. Actions have to be taken to provide an opportunity to the citizens and civil society for access to accurate information by introducing a new law for protection of the society from harms caused due to online falsehoods. As such, the joint proposal made by the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Mass Media to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft a Bill for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.