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OTT content has to be regulated: BJP spokesperson Hitesh Jain at MIB seminar on regulation of online content

“There is no doubt about the fact that [over the top] OTT has to be regulated,” said advocate, and BJP spokesperson Hitesh Jain, on October 11, at the seminar on film certification and regulation of online content, held in Mumbai. He said that when content in films, TV, and newspapers is regulated, why should we “carve out an exception” for content on OTT platforms. Jain also said that because in India, we don’t have an absolute right to the freedom of expression, there has to be some sort of a regulation. “In my view, that should be a broad-based regulation,” he added. The two-day seminar was organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). Attendees at the seminar included prominent film makers, national award-winning film critics, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) members, and representatives of streaming platforms among others. A ministry source told MediaNama that a similar seminar is scheduled to be organised in Chennai. If one sector is regulated, is it necessary that other sectors should also be regulated? Sneha Jain of Sai Krishna Associates asked countering Jain’s earlier remark. She said that we should ideally be looking at reducing regulations for a technology like OTT which is actually doing good. Jain said that cab aggregators like Uber entered the scene by declaring that they were merely marketplaces and hence didn’t require any kind of regulation, when traditional cabs had to undergo the entire license regulation. “But then there were safety…

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