I can handle 4G, I am not afraid; law decides what is anti-national not DIPR: LG Murmu

July 26, 2020
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SRINAGAR:  Contrary to the Central government’s stand,  Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu said the high-speed 4G internet will not create any problem, even as he picked holes in Jammu and Kashmir’s new media policy and promised few corrections.

“We have been making (a) representation for this… I feel that 4G will not be a problem. I am not afraid of how people will use this. Pakistan will do its propaganda, whether it is 2G or 4G. It will always be there… But I don’t see an issue,” Murmu told The Sunday Express in an interview.

In an affidavit filed on Thursday in the Supreme Court, the Centre had said that a special committee set up to examine the demands for restoring 4G services, following the orders of the court on May 11, had met twice on May 15 and June 10, and arrived at a decision that “no further relaxation of the restrictions on Internet services, including 4G services, would be carried out at present”.

The special committee comprises the Union Home Secretary, Department of Telecommunications Secretary, and the Chief Secretary of J&K.

To another question on the J&K Information Department’s Media Policy 2020, which empowers the DIPR (Department of Information and Public Relations) to examine media content for fake news, plagiarism and unethical or anti-national activities, Lt Governor Murmu said, “I will check this, this is not required. There are relevant IPC/ CrPC and other laws for this.”

The policy, implemented by the Information Department on May 15, 2020, said, “DIPR shall examine the content of the print, electronic and other forms of media for fake news, plagiarism, unethical or anti-national activities.” Any individual or group indulging in this shall be de-empanelled, it said.

“A suitable mechanism with specific ToRs (terms of reference) shall be set up by the DIPR for monitoring the above and ensuring adherence to the guidelines,” it said.

The Lieutenant Governor said that the DIPR did not have the capacity to decide whether the news is “anti-national.”

“This obviously, only the agencies can check. We can delete this also (from the revised media policy). They (DIPR) only have to do the checks required for accreditation, but not facts… if there is such a situation, they will get it checked from agencies. What is ‘anti-national’ is a parameter of law… the Supreme Court has given judgments on this from time to time… Again, agencies or police will have to do (look into this),” he said.

“I have already told the Information Department to re-check all this,” Murmu said

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