"It is observed that conferring such powers to the Government without any checks and balances will result in muzzling the fourth pillar of democracy and also have a chilling effect on the media. This amendment gives the Government the unbridled and unfettered right to interfere with the free speech rights of the media without any oversight," the News Broadcasters and Digital Association (NBDA) said in a press release. It called for the government to withdraw a recently proposed amendment to the IT Rules, which requires social media platforms to remove content identified as fake or false by Press India Bureau’s (PIB) Fact Check Unit or any other agency authorised by the Central Government for fact-checking. Why does this matter: As we've outlined here and here, the proposed rule adds to the long list of ways in which the Indian government has curbed the rights of digital media in recent years, a worrying trend for the world's largest democracy. The NBDA joins other news industry bodies like the Editors Guild of India and DIGIPUB in calling for the withdrawal of the proposed amendment. Notably, NBDA comprises not just digital news media but also traditional news media. Why is NBDA against the PIB Fact Check amendment? Affects freedom of speech and expression: NBDA noted that the proposed amendment "stifles the freedom of speech and expression of the Media under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution." Will coerce news organisations to remove content: "The above provision will directly affect the news media as the intermediaries may be coerced or directed…
- Post Office Bill 2023 passed in Rajya Sabha: Here are the major privacy concerns raised by MPs December 5, 2023
- Amazon launches AI assistant Amazon Q, and other major announcements from the re: Invent conference December 5, 2023
- Madhya Pradesh HC Upholds Order Holding WhatsApp Group Admin Liable for Objectionable Photos Shared December 5, 2023
- Meta removes 13 fake accounts and 7 fake groups targeting online discussions in India December 5, 2023
- Event Announcement: Deep Fakes and Democracy, December 13, 2023 #Ad December 5, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...
Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...
RBI Deputy Governor Rabi Shankar called for self-regulation in the fintech sector, but here's why we disagree with his stance.
Straw man fallacy: IT Ministers’ defence of government exemptions in data protection law misses the point
Both the IT Minister and the IT Minister of State have chosen to avoid the actual concerns raised, and have instead defended against lesser...
The Central Board of Film Certification found power outside the Cinematograph Act and came to be known as the Censor Board. Are OTT self-regulating...
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...