Government to introduce bill in parliament to regulate digital media: Sources

The Union government is likely to introduce a bill by which digital media in the country will be regulated. The bill is expected to be presented to Parliament during the next session. (Photo: PTI) The

The Union government is likely to introduce a bill by which digital media in the country will be regulated.

The bill is expected to be presented to Parliament during the next session. (Photo: PTI)

The Center is likely to bring legislation whereby digital media in the country will be regulated and could be subject to prosecution for “violations” under the Press and Periodicals Registration Bill, it said. sources.

The bill, if passed, will replace the Press and Book Registration Act 1867, which regulates newspapers and printing presses in India.

Under the Press and Periodicals Registration Bill, which proposes to put digital media on the same level as newspapers, digital platforms will have to apply for registration, sources said. The bill, which has not yet been considered by Cabinet, proposes to include “digital media information through any electronic device”.

Digital publishers will have to register with the Registrar General of the Press, sources said, which will effectively bring digital media under government regulation.

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.

In 2019, the Center published a Press and Periodicals Registration Bill that defined digital media news as “news in digitized format that can be transmitted over the Internet, computer or mobile networks and includes text, audio, video and graphics”. .

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