Well, well, well, as of right now, some new regulations have come out from the Indian government regarding online streaming services. The new issue discloses that online platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus Hotstar are going to be under the regulation of them. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has now issued various jurisdictions over online content streamers. The list includes the above three, along with some online news platforms.
This news came out back on Monday and has been stated by a cabinet secretariat. Till this point in time, in India, there was literally no government body that used to regulate the content which streams online on various digital media platforms. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting has previously made statements saying that such a rain check is necessary for the country.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus Hotstar will be regulated by the Indian Government!
The rest of the content in India is regulated by various bodies such as the Press Council of India as well as the News Broadcasters Association and the Advertising Standards Council of India. We also have the Central Board of Film Certification. As of right now, Ramnath Kovind, the President of India, has signed into law a sort of new amendment to the Government of India. All of this comes under the Allocations of Business Rules 1961 on the 9th of November. This jew rule now adds the following lines to the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
22A Amendment now says that Films, as well as Audio-Visual programs which are now made available by online content providers, and the 22B amendment, says that news as well as current affairs content on online platforms should be now regulated. These aforementioned additions are now going to come under the V. Films sections. It is available in the Government of India and their Allocation of Business Rules 1961.
Here is what the Minister of I&B had to say about their concerns regarding these online content platforms!
These people, digital media platforms as well as news media outlets sit alongside cable television, such as, All India Radio as well as Doordarshan as entities that fall under I&B’s regulatory framework. It was just 14 days ago; we had Prakash Javadekar hinting that the government could go on to regulate the various digital media platforms. Mr. Prakash is the minister of I&B.H e spoke to The Indian Express and said that he had called them twice to talk about a credible self-regulation method, but all these platforms have not reached him yet with an edible proposal.
We also have Javadekar, who has been citing the need for regulation since a point in time now. He has also brought up issues such as the government imposed censorship environment of countries such as China as well as Singapore in a meeting that happened with the representatives of streaming services back in March.