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Govt urged to form task force to block phony news portals

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  06:20 pm
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Post truth: The Communications and Information Ministry has been urged to set up a new task force to tackle hoaxes and fake news ahead of the elections.(Courtesy of Granta Publication/-)

The Press Council has urged the Communications and Information Ministry to set up a special task force authorized to take down all uncertified news portals before the elections next week. The idea was first propounded by the ministry’s Applications and Information Directorate General in 2017. It is expected to block all websites claiming to be news portals, but failing to declare their company name, company structure, legal entity and address, as per the 1999 Press Law and the 2018 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. Before taking down such media outlets, the task force will be required to confirm the media status with the council. The council will also help inform the ministry about the noncredible media outlets that they are aware of. The 2015 data of the Press Council shows that at least 43,000 news portals are operating in the country, 168 of which are c...