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Government could censor news before it causes ‘public protests’

The Indian government has plans to set up a media cell which will track content online, and ‘counter’ news and comments which are negative or provocative in its opinion, reports the Indian Express. According to the report, the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) has proposed to create a National Media Analytics Centre (NMAC) to monitor and analyse blogs, web portals of TV channels and newspapers and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube etc. The idea behind this is to get rid of resentment from news before it snowballs into public protests and threatens law and order (not very effective, in all honesty), which will be passed on to security agencies for a possible intervention. The government plans to counter “negative narratives” with press releases, briefings or press conferences. Note that MediaNama has been unable to verify this…

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