The Government has issued an order bringing online movies and audio-visual programmes, and online information and present affairs content underneath the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Digital content providers and OTT platforms akin to Netflix, Amazon Prime and others will now come underneath the ambit of the ministry. At current there is no such thing as a unbiased authority to supervise the digital content within the nation.
A notification on this regard was issued by the cupboard secretariat said that “films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers and news and current affairs content on online platforms” shall be included within the ‘India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
The growth has come days after the Supreme Court sought Centre’s response on a PIL looking for regulation on OTT platforms by an autonomous physique.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Internet and Mobile Association of India.
“With cinemas theatres unlikely to open anytime soon in the country, OTT/Streaming and different digital media platforms have surely given a way out for filmmakers and artists to release their content without being worried about getting clearance certificates for their films and series from the censor board,” the plea said.
None of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, and Hotstar have signed the self-regulation supplied by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since February 2020, it added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had stated final yr that “the government will not take any step that may curb media freedom”. But steered some sort of regulation for OTT platforms.
“I have sought suggestions on how to deal with this because there are regular feature films coming on OTT — good, bad, and ugly. So how to deal with this, who should monitor, who should regulate. There is no certification body for OTT platforms and likewise news portals also,” Javadekar had stated.
(With inputs from PTI)