Centre working on bill to regulate digital media, says Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur has said the Centre is working on a bill to regulate digital media.

The minister, while speaking at an event organised by Hindi news daily Mahanagar Times on Wednesday, pointed out the one-way communication of news earlier and said ‘with the development of electronic and digital media, communication of news has become multi-dimensional.’

Now even small news of a village reaches the national platform through digital media, he said.

In a statement, Thakur said the government has left most of the print, electronic, and digital media to self-regulation.

“Digital media presents opportunities as well as challenges. To have a fine balance, the government will see what can be done on this. I would say that changes have to be brought in law, we will bring that to make your work simple and easy. We are working to introduce a bill,” the minister said, as reported by news agency PTI.

He added that the process of registration of newspapers will be simplified and the central government will soon bring a new law to replace the 1867 Press and Registration of Books Act.

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Under the new law, it will be possible to complete the registration process, which now takes about four months, in a week through online mode.

The minister also urged the media to do its work “responsibly” and avoid creating an atmosphere of “fear and confusion.”

(With input from agency)

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