Govt. Of India is now regulating OTT platforms and online news portals

Famous OTT Platforms (Source - India TV News)

Recent reports reveal that the Indian government has finally brought online OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar Disney Plus, and other online news portals under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. The news portal/websites have to be registered under the Registrar of the Newspapers for India (RNI).

On Monday, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, signed the amendment that gave the rights to I&B Ministry to regulate any online contents related to audio-visual programs & current affairs. Hence, all the famous OTT platforms will now be governed under the Union Ministry of India.

This step was very significant as there was no autonomous body that governed OTT platforms in or country. Now, it will be regulated under Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The Supreme court of India sought this response after getting a PIL from the Central government where it was urged to the Supreme court that since these platforms are providing filter-free contents to a large section of the public, there should be some sort of regulations.

Responding to the plea a combined bench comprising of Cheif Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna, & V Ramasubramanain issued declarations to the GOI, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, and Internet & Mobile Association of India.

The plea also alleged that none of the OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Voot, etc. had not signed any self-regulation of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry from Feb. 2020.

News websites and newspapers need not file a separate request to the district magistrate but only apply online to the Press Registrar General before approving the request.

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