On-line information, content material suppliers resembling Netflix now beneath Data and Broadcasting ministry


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Prakash Javadekar had stated final yr that “authorities is not going to take any step which will curb media freedom”.

The Authorities has issued an order bringing on-line movies and audio-visual programmes, and on-line information and present affairs content material beneath the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting. Digital content material suppliers and OTT platforms resembling Netflix, Amazon Prime  and others will now come beneath the ambit of the ministry. At current there is no such thing as a impartial authority to supervise the digital content material within the nation.

A notification on this regard was issued by the cupboard secretariat said that “movies and audio-visual programmes made obtainable by on-line content material suppliers and information and present affairs content material on on-line platforms” shall be included within the ‘India (Allocation of Enterprise) Guidelines, 1961. 

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The event has come days after the Supreme Court docket sought Centre’s response on a PIL in search of regulation on OTT platforms by an autonomous physique.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Data and Broadcasting and Web and Cellular Affiliation of India.

“With cinemas theatres unlikely to open anytime quickly within the nation, OTT/Streaming and totally different digital media platforms have absolutely given a approach out for filmmakers and artists to launch their content material with out being concerned about getting clearance certificates for his or her movies and collection from the censor board,” the plea said.

Not one of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, and Hotstar have signed the self-regulation offered by the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting since February 2020, it added.

Data and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had stated final yr that “the federal government is not going to take any step which will curb media freedom”. However recommended some sort of regulation for OTT platforms. 

“I’ve sought options on methods to cope with this as a result of there are common characteristic movies approaching OTT — good, unhealthy, and ugly. So methods to cope with this, who ought to monitor, who ought to regulate. There is no such thing as a certification physique for OTT platforms and likewise information portals additionally,” Javadekar had stated. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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