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SC directs media to publish government version of developments around COVID-19

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The Supreme Court yesterday directed the media to refer to and publish the official government version of developments around COVID-19. "We do not intend to interfere with the free discussion about the pandemic, but direct the media refer to and publish the official version about the developments," a two-judge bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde ordered. The Central government had asked the court to order that no media outlet should print, publish, or telecast anything on the COVID-19 pandemic without first ascertaining facts from the mechanisms provided by the government. To this end, the Central government will start a daily bulletin within 24 hours, the court said. In particular, we expect the Media (print, electronic or social) to maintain a strong sense of responsibility and ensure that unverified news capable of causing panic is not disseminated. A daily bulletin by…

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