The Union Minister for MIB, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore informed the Lok Sabha, “The Ministry of I&B had constituted a Committee on 4th April 2018 for framing regulations for online media/news portals and online content including digital broadcasting which encompasses entertainment/infotainment and news/media aggregators.”
The MIB’s 10-member committee comprised of MIB secretary, who was also the convener of the committee. It also included secretaries of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Department of Legal Affairs, and Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).
Apart from the secretaries, the committee also included CEO of MyGov besides representatives of Press Council of India (PCI), News Broadcasters Association (NBA), and India Broadcasting Foundation (IBF). Additionally, the convener can give representation to any department/organisation deemed fit.
The terms of reference of the committee were to delineate the sphere of online information dissemination which needs to be brought under regulation, on the lines applicable for print and electronic media.
It also had to recommend the appropriate policy formulation for online media/news portals and online content platforms including digital broadcasting which encompasses entertainment/ infotainment & news/ media aggregators, keeping in mind the extant foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, programme & advertising Code for TV channels, norms circulated by PCI code of ethics framed by NBA and norms prescribed by IBF.
It also had to analyse the international scenario on such existing regulatory mechanisms with a view to incorporate the best practices.