New Delhi. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said that the central government will soon enact a law to regulate digital media. He further said, digital media present opportunities as well as challenges. To strike a better balance, the central government will see what can be done on this.
Anurag Thakur said that the central government is working on a bill for digital media regulation. He said that earlier there used to be one-way communication of news, but with the development of electronic and digital media, communication of news has become multi-dimensional.
He said that now even the smallest news of the village reaches the national platform through digital media. But at present digital media presents opportunities as well as challenges, it is also self-regulating like electronic media. He said the government has left most of the print, electronic and digital media to self-regulate.
Anurag Thakur said that to maintain a fine balance, the government will see what can be done on this. Thakur said that there is a need for its regulation and keeping this in mind, the central government will soon bring a law.
Thakur said that I would say that whatever changes will be made in the law, we will make your work simple and easy. We are working to introduce a bill regarding this. Thakur also said that the process of registration of newspapers would be simplified and the central government would soon bring a new law to replace the 1867 Press and Registration of Books Act. Under the new law, it will be possible to complete the registration process in a week through online mode, which currently takes about four months.
He urged the media to do its job responsibly and avoid creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. He said that the Central Government also takes care of the interests of journalists. He said that the families of journalists who died of Covid-19 during the Covid pandemic were provided financial assistance by the Central Government. Apart from this, now the central government has started working on giving recognition to journalists working in digital media.