AGENCIES, New Delhi: The government has issued an order bringing online news portals and content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5 other OTT platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). The notification, signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, was issued on Monday.
At present, there is no law or autonomous body governing digital content. The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films.
Last month, the Supreme Court sought the Centre’s response on a petition for regulating OTT platforms by an autonomous body. The top court issued notices to the centre, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Internet and Mobile Association of India.
However, none of the OTT platforms be it Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, or Hotstar have signed the self-regulation provided by the I&B ministry since February 2020, the plea had alleged.