I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar holds talks with organisations on new digital media rules

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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, on Thursday stated he has famous the ideas put ahead by the Digital News Publishers’ Association (DNPA) after holding a gathering with them within the backdrop of new digital media rules.

The minister added that he held an interplay by video-conference with the representatives of the DNPA, together with from India Today, Dainik Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Times of India, ABP, Eenadu, Dainik Jagran and Lokmat, within the backdrop of the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

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“In a follow-up to meeting with OTT platforms, held an interaction with Digital News Publishers Association today. Discussed the new rules for digital media. They welcomed the new rules and offered few suggestions which I have noted,” he stated in a tweet.

Addressing the individuals just about, Javadekar knowledgeable them that the brand new rules positioned sure obligations on digital information publishers.

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“These include adherence to a code of ethics such as the norms of journalistic conduct framed by the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Network Act. Further, to redress grievances of citizens, the rules have provided for a three-tier grievance redressal mechanism, of which the first and second tier would be of the digital news publishers and self-regulatory bodies constituted by them,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement issued by the data and broadcasting ministry.

According to the brand new rules, digital information publishers would even be required to furnish some primary data to the ministry in a easy kind, which is being finalised, and periodically, they might be required to position the main points of the grievance redressal measures undertaken by them within the public area.

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Javadekar stated the print media in addition to tv channels have a digital presence, the place the content material is almost the identical as that on the normal platforms.

“However, there are contents which appear exclusively on the digital platform. This apart, there are several entities which are only on the digital platform. Accordingly, the rules seek to cover the news on digital media so as to bring them at par with the traditional media,” he stated.

The individuals, whereas welcoming the brand new rules, acknowledged that the audio-visual and the print media have been following the laid down norms of the Cable Television Network Act and the Press Council Act for a really very long time, the assertion stated.

They stated for publishing the digital content material, the publishers observe the prevailing norms of the normal platforms and felt that it must be handled in a different way than these information publishers who’re solely on a digital platform.

Javadekar thanked the individuals for expressing their views and acknowledged that the federal government will pay attention to the identical and proceed with this consultative course of for the general development of the media business, the assertion stated. PTI

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