The Digital Media Division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has sent a reminder to Digital Media publishers to furnish information under Rule 18 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Codes) Rules, 2021.
The circular stated that the information, in the applicable format, is required to be furnished within 15 days of the issue of the notice. It is requested that necessary action may be taken for due compliance. The publishers who have already furnished the necessary information need not submit it again.
The Ministry sent a notification on May 26th where they stated that they had held interactions with the publishers of online curated content, as well as the publishers of news on digital media. The notice also added that the ministry had established communication with many digital media publishers, and their associations, regarding the rules and their compliance requirements.
The notice further read, “A total of around 60 publishers, and their associations, have also informed the Ministry that they have already initiated the process of formation of self-regulatory bodies under the rules. Some publishers have also written to the Ministry regarding registration with the Ministry under the rules.”
The ministry has issued separate formats for digital news publishers, who also publish/telecast news on traditional media (TV and newspaper), other digital news publishers, and publishers of online curated content (OTT platforms) in which they have to furnish the information.
The reminder has been sent to thousands of Digital Media Publishers. MediaNews4U.Com has been asked to submit the details on or before 10th June 2021.