new Delhi: Now content providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime are under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through an order. Online news portals have also been brought under it. The notification, signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, was released on Monday.
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According to the current scenario, the Press Council of India takes care of the print media, while the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) maintains silent news channels.
The Advertising Standards Council of India and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) are for advertising and films respectively.
In October, the top court sought the Centre’s response to a petition on the issue of regulating OTT platforms through an autonomous body. The Supreme Court issued notices to the Center, I&B Ministry and the Internet and Mobile Association of India.
OTT platforms include not only various news portals, but also streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar, which can be accessed on the Internet.
The I&B ministry had earlier emphasized the need to regulate digital media and asked the court that this could begin by appointing a committee of individuals to lay down guidelines regarding the regulation of hate language in the media.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said in 2019 that the Center would not take any steps that would curb the freedom of media. But he also added that there should be a regulation mechanism on over-the-top platforms (OTT), as for other mediums such as print and electronic.