MIB makes it mandatory for news portals to provide editorial details

In a statement, I&B ministry Prakash Javadekar said that the ministry doesn’t even know how many digital news portals are there. If the centre doesn’t know how will it consult with them. Suggestions and consultation are always welcome.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has asked the digital news platforms to provide key editorial details about their organisations. The ministry is thinking to map out the online news media's landscape.

The news portals will have to provide details about the editorial head, address, ownership and designated grievance officer among others. The ministry is going to distribute a form that all digital media outlets will have to fill and submit within a month.

In a statement, I&B ministry Prakash Javadekar said that the ministry doesn’t even know how many digital news portals are there. If the centre doesn’t know how will it consult with them. Suggestions and consultation are always welcome.

The government has brought digital news platforms under the ambit of content regulation for Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. The guidelines have been framed under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.

The online news websites will now have to follow the journalistic conduct of the Press Council of India (PCI) and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Network Act, which is already followed by print and TV.