Government brings online news, online films, audio-visual programmes under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

The government issued an order bringing digital content providers such as Netflix or Hotstar and news portals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Central Government on November 11, 20202 issued an order bringing digital content providers such as Netflix and news portals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Currently, there is no law or autonomous body in India that governs digital content. The News Broadcasters Association takes care of news channels, the Press Council of India monitors the print media, the Central Board of Films Certification takes care of the films and the Advertising Standards Council controls the advertising.

In October 2020, the Supreme Court of India had asked for the centre’s response on a petition for regulating the Over-the-top (OTT) media service platforms by an autonomous- body. The court had also issued the notices to the central government, the Internet and the Mobile Association of India, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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