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Maharashtra to soon initiate Pension Scheme for the Journalists, says CM Fadnavis

"The government is positive about a pension scheme for journalists and is studying the pension schemes of other states who are implementing them. We will soon be initiating it (scheme) in our state as well," the chief minister said.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Twitter

Mumbai, April 11, 2017: Maharashtra to soon initiate pension scheme for the journalists, as declared by the CM Devendra Fadnavis in the Legislative council of the state. While responding to the Calling attention motion moved by Congress member Sanjay Dutt, the Maharashtra CM said “the government is positive about a pension scheme for journalists and is studying the pension schemes of other states who are implementing them. We will soon be initiating it (scheme) in our state as well.”

Earlier, Dutt demanded that the government introduce a pension scheme for journalists before the monsoon session of the state legislature. Dutt said that several states, including smaller ones like Goa, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh etc. are giving pension to journalists, apart from Delhi.

“Why Maharashtra cannot do so,” he asked.

Dutt demanded that a corpus fund to be allocated for the purpose and that interest accumulated on it can be utilized towards payment of the monthly pension to journos, mentioned PTI.

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He also asked the government to ensure effective implementation of the Journalist Protection Act once it is approved by the state legislature. Earlier the CM had mentioned about the scrutiny of the bill. while Addressing a gathering at the Sant Dnyaneshwar Sanskritik Bhavan after inaugurating the Patrakar Bhavan near Rajapeth police station, Fadnavis also assured that journalists would be helped in matters of housing, even as he announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh to the Amravati Union of Working Journalists (AUWJ).

While addressing a gathering at the Sant Dnyaneshwar Sanskritik Bhavan after inaugurating the Patrakar Bhavan near Rajapeth police station, Fadnavis also assured that journalists would be helped in matters of housing, even as he announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh to the Amravati Union of Working Journalists (AUWJ).

He said that the Maharashtra government was seriously contemplating the introduction of a bill to protect working journalists, and considering suggestions from various quarters.

The CM said that the bill would have provisions that would ensure that those who blackmail people under the garb of journalism were not protected. Fadnavis said that the credibility of all four pillars of democracy are in doubt and urged journalists to give more importance to what he called “valuable news” rather than “news value”.

The Maharashtra cabinet yesterday gave its approval to the draft Bill on the law prohibiting attacks on journalists (Journalists Protection Act). Now, it is to be seen when the pension scheme for journalists will become effective.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Facebook May Soon Hire Journalists in Order to Tackle Fake News

Facebook could have a direct relationship with publishers in order to make sure that the content is really high-quality

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In order to better tackle fake news and improve quality of content on its platform, Facebook might hire a new generation of digital-era journalists and news publishers.

In a discussion with Mathias Dopfner, CEO of Europe’s largest publisher Axel Springer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday talked over how the platform should create more high-quality news for its over 2 billion users globally.

“I don’t know how many fake accounts you think Facebook has, but it seems to be quite a big amount. Some people are saying 700 million. I have no clue, but that has to be dealt with as a very serious problem,” said the 34-year-old CEO.

“We have to make a business in order to finance investigative journalists and correspondents, and big foreign networks, they cannot afford to do that for free,” he added.

Zuckerberg said he would focus on making sure what makes the offering and it’s structuring on Facebook attractive for the hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers, digital native publishers, legacy publishers, that they are attracted to put their best content on that platform.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

“We’re not going to have journalists making news. What we want to do is make sure that this is a product that can get people high-quality news,” said the Facebook co-founder.

Facebook could have a direct relationship with publishers in order to make sure that the content is really high-quality.

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“There’s a whole set of questions around how do we build a service that is contributing to high-quality journalism through increasing monitorisation,” said the American tech entrepreneur.

The Menlo Park-based online social media and social networking service company is battling the menace of fake news and misinformation on its platform, especially during election times, including in India where it has removed thousands of fake accounts, groups and pages linked with political parties. (IANS)