Regulating online news content

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/03/2018

Online media has not been subjected to licensing and regulation so far but I & B minister Smriti Irani suggested at CNN News 18's Rising India Summit on March 16-17 that this may be changing. When it comes to content on TV, radio or newspapers there is a code of conduct they adhere to, everybody is licensed to function under the law, she said. But online is a system where legislation in terms of news broadcast content is not clear. "That is something that the ministry is currently undertaking, and is in conversation with stake holders", she said.              

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