Anurag Thakur: Govt working on digital media regulation

According to Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, the government is drafting a bill regulating digital media.

As the minister explained to an audience in Jaipur on Wednesday, while we all rely on newspapers for verified news, digital media has allowed local issues to become national. It (digital press) presents opportunities and challenges. The government will examine this to achieve a delicate balance. I would say that changes must be incorporated into law, and we will do so to simplify and streamline your work. We are working to introduce a Bill,” he said.

As part of the announcement, the Minister of Information & Broadcasting confirmed that the government would soon introduce a new law to replace the 1867 Press and Registration of Books Act to simplify the registration process for newspapers. According to the new law, the registration process, which currently takes around four months, can be completed in one week via the Internet.

Additionally, Thakur stated that newspapers should be able to provide the public with the “right news at the right time”. In addition to the government’s shortcomings, he stated that the government’s public welfare schemes and policies of the government should reach the general public. According to him, the media should conduct themselves responsibly and avoid creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion.

A few days ago, the Union Cabinet approved the guidelines for the uplinking and downlinking of television channels in India in 2022, under which media are expected to telecast content of public interest and national significance.

By the new guidelines, at least 30 minutes must be devoted daily to telecasts directed towards “public service and national interest”, for which eight themes have been assigned to channels for content creation.

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