Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has suggested that there is a need to have some kind of regulation for Over The Top Platforms (OTT) on the lines of print, electronic media & films.
He said that the mainstream media outlets have complained that there was no level playing field as OTT platforms are completely unregulated.
“I have sought suggestions on how to deal with this because there are regular feature films coming on OTT — good, bad and ugly. So how to deal with this, who should monitor, who should regulate. There is no certification body for OTT platforms and likewise news portals also,” he said.
The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films, he said.
Javadekar Ji assured that the Government will not take any step that may curb media freedom. He also stated that fake news is more dangerous than paid news. He added that the Government and the media need to jointly combat fake news.
Fake news has to be stopped and that is our joint work. It is not just the government’s job, it is everybody’s job. Those who are in the business of genuine news, they combat it” the minister said.