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States not empowered to administer digital media rules: I&B Ministry

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 03, 2021

Diktat comes after Imphal West District Magistrate issued a notice to a Manipuri talk show under the Centre’s new regukations   -  Getty Images

Diktat comes after Imphal West District Magistrate issued a notice to a Manipuri talk show under the Centre’s new regukations

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Wednesday informed all State and UT governments that the recently released rules on digital media ethics will be administered by the Central government and States have not been vested with any powers to issue notices to digital media or OTT platforms.

This diktat comes after the Imphal West District Magistrate issued a notice to a Manipuri talk show, ‘Khanasi Neinasi’, on March 1, under the Centre’s new media regulations. The Central government had notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Codes) Rules 2021, last week.

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In a letter sent to the Chief Secretaries of all States and UT governments, the I&B Ministry said that Part III of the rules relate to publishers of digital news and current affairs and online curated content platforms (OTT) platforms. “It is hereby informed that Part III of the rules are administered by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. These powers have not been delegated to State Governments/District Magistrates/Police Commissioners.”

The Part III of the new rules prescribe age-based classification and a three-tier grievance redress system mechanism which includes an oversight mechanism of the government at the third level. Under the regulations, information regarding the entities that serve as digital publishers needs to be furnished, along with periodical disclosures regarding grievance redress, in the public domain.

On Tuesday, I&B Ministry Secretary Amit Khare had also written to the Manipur State government clarifying that the authority to administer these rules remains with the Central government.

Published on March 03, 2021

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