In an effort to regulate online media, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry set up a 10-member committee to recommend policy formation.
As per the official order, the committee includes secretaries of Ministries of Home, and Information Technology, Departments of Legal Affairs, and Industrial Policy and Promotion. It also has a representatives from Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association and Indian Broadcasters Federation.
According to an order issued by I&B Ministry, the terms of the reference (ToR) of the committee included delineation of the sphere of online information dissemination which needed to be brought under regulation, on the lines applicable to the print and electronic media.
“The committee will recommend appropriate policy formulation for online media/news portals and online content platforms, including digital broadcasting, that encompasses entertainment, infotainment and news and media aggregators. It will do so keeping in mind the existing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms, programmes and advertising code for TV channels and norms circulated by the representative bodies of media organisations,” the order said.