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Govt eyeing to regulate online media, new portals; forms committee

10-member committee includes secretaries of the ministries of Home, Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Industrial Policy and Promotion

Even as the government may have given up on the plans to regulate the print and electronic media for now, it is nonetheless looking at ways to regulate online media and news portals.

It need be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to intervene in the case for the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to back out of rule to figure out fake news and thus be able to monitor journalists.

It is said that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry headed by Smriti Irani has set up a committee that will discuss and recommend a regulatory framework for online media.

The 10-member committee includes secretaries of the ministries of Home, Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Industrial Policy and Promotion. It also has representatives from the Press Council of India, News Broadcasters’ Association and the Indian Broadcasters Federation.

The group has been asked to identify what part of online information dissemination needs to be regulated on the lines of the print and electronic media.

It is also said that the committee will make recommendations in so far as policy for online media, news portals and online content platforms, including digital broadcasting that covers entertainment, infotainment and news aggregators.

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