Govt Forms Committee To Supervise Online News Media Platforms

| April 6 , 2018 , 11:39 IST

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Thursday decided to constitute a committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites, and online content platforms. The order came out after the withdrawal of the I&B Ministry's controversial order that said journalists may lose accreditation if found to have created or circulated fake news.

As per reports, the original copy of the order is not available yet but a ‘leaked’ copy of the order signed by the director, broadcasting in the ministry, Amit Katoch, became widely available on the internet.

According to the order, "there are no norms or guidelines to regulate online media websites and news portals", and the government-appointed committee will "frame and suggest a regulatory framework for online media, news portals, including digital broadcasting and entertainment, infotainment sites and news-media aggregators."

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The order said the content on private television channels is regulated by the Programme and Advertisement Codes, while the PCI has its norms to regulate the print media. It said there were no norms or guidelines to regulate the online media websites and news portals.

The committee will also analyse the international scenario on the existing of regulatory mechanism with a view to incorporate the best practices.

The committee consisting of 10-members has been appointed which includes secretaries of the ministries of I&B, Home, Electronics and IT, Law, and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Representatives of the News Broadcasters Association, Indian Broadcasters Federation, Press Council of India, and the chief executive of MyGov are also included.