The Centre on Saturday (20 January) issued an advisory to the media outlets and social media platforms, asking them to refrain from publishing or telecasting any content that may be "false or manipulated", or has the potential to disturb communal harmony or public order.
The 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of Ram Lalla in the Ayodhya temple will be held on 22 January with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other dignitaries in attendance.
The advisory, issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), said that the government has observed that certain unverified, provocative and fake messages are being spread, especially on social media, which can disturb communal harmony and public order.
"In view of this, the Ministry has issued an advisory today, 20th January, 2024, to newspapers, television channels, digital news publishers and social media platforms, advising them to refrain from publishing or telecasting any content that may be false or manipulated or has the potential to disturb communal harmony or public order in the country," the MIB said in a statement.
"Further, as part of their due diligence obligations, social media platforms are advised to make reasonable efforts to not host, display or publish information of the nature mentioned above," the statement added.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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