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Attempts being made to defame Goa using social media influencers: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte

Panaji: Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte on Tuesday claimed systematic attempts were being made by some elements to defame the coastal state using social media influencers.

He was speaking to reporters after unfurling the national flag at Mapusa on the occasion of the Goa Liberation Day, celebrated on December 19 every year to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ undertaken by the armed forces to liberate the state from the Portuguese in 1961.

“Some social media influencers are trying to defame Goa through their videos. This looks like a strategy and systematic attempts by some elements,” the minister said.

The state government is working on taking steps against such influencers who come to the state only to defame it, he said.

Khaunte appealed to all the stakeholders, including media and the public, to work for the development of Goa’s tourism sector.

Everyone will have to work together, he added.

The minister also said the Sunburn Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival organisers, who had sought permission to host the event till December 31 at Vagator in North Goa, have been asked to organise the event from December 28 to 30.

(Published 19 December 2023, 07:56 IST)

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