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With this new decision of the government, now the online portal serving without any evidence and false news will be curbed. This will also increase law and order and credibility. (Symbolic photo)
The central government has taken a major decision on Wednesday. Under this, now online news portals and news content providers (content providers) will be brought under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government has issued a notification in this regard. With this decision, the online news portal of the country is increasing wildly. Also, it will help to prevent misinformation.
Regulation of online is more important than TV
The central government had earlier advocated in a case in the Supreme Court that regulation of online media is more important than TV. Now the government has taken the step of bringing online news or content mediums under the ministry. There is no restriction on online content or news portal yet. There is always a debate between the court and the government in this matter.
Supreme court asked for the answer
Last month, the Supreme Court sought the Centre's response to a petition seeking its own regulation on OTT platforms. The court had sent notices to the Central Government, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Mobile Association of India in this regard. This petition said that due to these platforms, filmmakers and artists have got an opportunity to release their content without fear of censor board and certification.
Regulation of digital media needed
The ministry had told the court in another case that digital media needs to be regulated. The ministry had also said that the court may appoint a committee as amicus before issuing guidelines in view of hate speech in the media. The news portals come on OTT platforms as well as streaming platforms such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Freedom of media is not restrained
Last year, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the government would not take any such step, which would affect the freedom of media. The Press Council is the regulation of print media, the News Broadcasters Association for news channels, and the Advertising Standards Council of India for advertising. At the same time, there is a Central Board of Film Certification for films. But there is no regulation for online.
False and false news will be controlled
With this new decision, now online portal serving without any evidence and false news will be curbed. This will also increase law and order, as in many cases the material given through the online portal in the country also promotes crimes or riots. Although the cyber branch of the police department of all the states keeps an eye on it, many times people escape it due to no regulation for it.