Digital/Online media now below govt regulation



Digital/Online media has been introduced below the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Currently, there isn’t a legislation or autonomous physique governing digital content material. The 2nd Schedule of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961 has been amended to incorporate following entries viz. Films and Audio-Visual programmes, News and present affairs content material. This implies that digital content material suppliers similar to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar will now be regulated by the Union ministry headed by Prakash Javadekar.

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About the Amendment:

  • The I&B ministry may even regulate on-line audio-visual programmes and present affairs content material, in accordance with the modification order signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The determination has been taken in train of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 77 of the Constitution, by amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and it’ll come into impact instantly.
  • This means OTT platforms, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and so on and on-line information portals are introduced below the management of the Ministry. Other topics that are below the purview of the Ministry are Broadcasting Policy And Administration, Cable Television Policy, Radio, Doordarshan, Films, Advertising And Visual Publicity, Press, Publications, Research And Reference and so on.
  • The Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Amendment Rules, 2020, had been notified to incorporate Digital/Online media associated entries.
  • Centre had submitted that it’s vital to put down pointers for the “web-based digital media” which incorporates “web magazines” and “web-based news channels” and “web-based news-papers” as the identical not solely has a really large attain however is totally uncontrolled.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar.


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