Kolkata: The state government can take action against habitual offenders who are circulating false news, warned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.
Coming down heavily on a section of the media, the Chief Minister said the state government is not going to curb the freedom of the Press and further added that it has the right to take action if any false news is circulated.
Banerjee further said that news published in Anandabazar Patrika on Wednesday has maligned the state government's image and the authorities must apologise within the next 24 hours. "We would take legal action if they do not do so," she added.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister on Wednesday had stated that only seven areas have witnessed sporadic violence whereas the Panchayat elections will take place in 48,000 seats. Speaking about a newspaper coverage regarding the same, she said that she had reconfirmed from concerned officers and came to know that they were not aware of any other incidents apart from those seven.
In connection with the rally held in the city in protest against the attack on a photojournalist, she said several scribes had lost their jobs and the authorities were absolutely unfazed about it.
She told the media persons what had happened when several of them had lost their jobs from Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph. She added: "I have nothing to say to those who work there but how could the authorities use them to circulate fake news."