Guwahati: The Central Government on Wednesday issued an order bringing digital content providers such as Netflix and news portals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Signed by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, the order stated that it will come into force with immediate effect.
Currently, there is no law or autonomous body in India that governs the regulation of online content providers on various OTT platforms and several online news and information portals.
The News Broadcasters association takes care of news channels, the Press Council of India monitors the print media, and the Central Board of Films Certification takes care of the films and the Advertising Standards Councils controls the advertising.
Earlier in October, the Supreme Court of India had asked for 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.
It may be noted that in 2019, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had expressed his concern over the content on OTT platforms and had averred that there should be some kind of regulatory body to look after the working of these platforms.