India introduces, then quickly cancels, a plan to blacklist reporters for spreading ‘fake news’

(LA Times)   “When a government and ruling party that themselves peddle disinformation now say they want to fight fake news, it is time for the media to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst,” wrote Siddharth Varadarajan, co-founder of the news website the Wire.

If found guilty, a journalist would have been blacklisted for six months for a first offense, one year for a second and permanently in case of a third.