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Government set to introduce  bill in parliament to regulate digital media

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New Delhi: Axe is set to fall on digital media. The Central government is planning to bring legislation under which digital media in the country will be brought on track. If they fail to follow the government’s rules, then action will be taken against them under the Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, sources said.

If the bill gets the nod in parliament, it will replace the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, which regulates newspapers and printing presses in India.

Currently, the Registrar of Newspapers, a statutory body of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulates and monitors the printing and publication of newspapers in the country. Sources said that under the Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, which proposes to bring digital media on par with newspapers, digital platforms will have to apply for registration, sources said.

The bill, which has yet to be taken up by the Cabinet, proposes to include “news on digital media through any electronic device.”

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Digital publishers will need to register with the Press Registrar General, sources said, effectively bringing digital media under government regulation.

The definition of “news in digitised format that may be delivered over the internet, computer or mobile networks and comprises text, audio, video, and graphics” was included in the Center’s draft Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill in 2019.

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