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Need Exemption from New IT Rules, News Stations Say | India News

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NEW DELHI: One day after the Center directed content publishers to abide by a new media code of ethics and provide information within 15 days, the Association of News Broadcasters (NBA) wrote to the government requesting an exemption for television news media with an extended presence in digital news. platforms.
In a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, the NBA said the exemption was justified because traditional television networks are already governed by existing laws and the Information Technology Rules (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Code of Digital Media Ethics) of 2021, they do not need to apply to these organizations.
“While the NBA appreciates the need for regulations, traditional media need not be subject to and / or covered by the scope of the TI 2021 Rules, as they are already sufficiently regulated by various statutes, laws, guidelines and codes, regulations and established judgments “.
In a May 26 notification, the ministry had said that digital publishers who also publish or broadcast news in traditional media such as newspapers or television must provide details about the language in which the content is published, website, mobile applications, accounts. social media, RNI (Registrar of Newspapers for India) registration number, or television channels allowed by the ministry, the contact person, the Indian complaint redress officer, the self-regulatory body of which the publisher is a member and the details of the news editor.
The NBA, however, noted that the IT Act of 2000 had not contemplated the regulation of digital media. Despite this, he said, the IT Rules of 2021 sought to include traditional media within its purview, a law that violated the provisions of the IT Act of 2000.
The association also noted the existence of a self-regulatory framework, the News Broadcasting Standards Authority, since 2008, which has been an “effective complaint redress mechanism regarding content broadcast by NBA members.”



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