On Saturday, May 23, Mumbai Police issued an order prohibiting anyone from spreading or sharing misinformation about the government’s response to Caucus 199 or its response, and severe disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who fails to share information.
Mumbai Police has said in its order that information about any misleading, insulting or discriminatory COVID 19 that could create panic or mistrust among the general public against government workers should not be shared on any message or social media platform like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The order reads, “It has been noted that fake news, misinformation, misinformation and other such offensive content in the form of messages, videos (both edited and self-created), images or memes, audio clips and WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Internet messaging and other forms of communication on social media platforms such as Tiktok, Instagram, etc. have been shown to cause panic, confusion, distrust in government executives and their actions to control 19 epidemics and hostility to different communities. Accepted to create. “
‘Fake news control ban order’
The order is aimed at curbing such incidents, with Mumbai police saying it would guarantee the punishment of the “admin” nominee on the messaging app or social media platform for spreading any misinformation about the coronavirus or taking action against it by government machinery.
The order sent, “Any malicious, inaccurate or abusive content posted by a member of the group will be immediately reported to the police. It will be the personal responsibility of all persons designed as admins on messaging and social media platforms.”
The BJP challenges the constitutional validity of the order
The opposition BJP has criticized the order issued by the Mumbai police. Party spokesperson Suresh Nakhua equated the order with a mockery order, saying “the state of emergency is in the DNA of the Congress and its allies.”
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Another party leader, Mangal Prabhat Lola, has filed an application in the Bombay High Court challenging the validity of the order.
In his appeal, Lodha reported that the order was “so vague that there are no guidelines for the authorities to implement it and that it is causing panic and having an unreasonable and harsh effect on freedom of speech,” the report said. Moneycontrol.
Uddhav Thackeray criticizes the government
This development is seen in the light of Uddhav Thackeray’s criticism of the government in handling coronavirus cases in the state.
Since the incidence of coronavirus has started to rise, Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the BJP has been steadfastly criticizing the Maharashtra government for managing the coronavirus epidemic in the state. As of Thursday, May 26, there were 1,695 deaths related to 52,667 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the state.
Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has repeatedly demanded the resignation of CM Uddhav Thackeray due to the number of cornvirus cases in the state.
Opposition party COVID had proposed President’s rule in Maharashtra citing the state government’s inability to handle 19 cases.
A senior Mumbai police official denied criticism that the order was “vague”.
“Saying this is a joke order.” A similar order was issued in April for the record. If the police forbid the spread of fake news, how can it be a challenge order? Besides, what do we know? “Every one or two days, updates on the steps taken by the cyber cell are being released,” a senior police official told Money Control. He declined to be named.
According to a statement issued by the Mumbai Police, the restraining order will remain in effect until further notice next June.