Seeing that social media platforms have put journalism in the hands of citizens, a parliamentary panel on Wednesday called on the government to ensure that the code of ethics is upheld in the digital media space while preserving the right to privacy. freedom of expression.
The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology, in its 27th report on “Ethical Standards in Media Coverage,” presented to Parliament, said it hoped that the rules on information technology information (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Code of Ethics for Digital Media), 2021, will go a long way in regulating digital media content.
The committee called on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to ensure that adequate consultations take place with all stakeholders and that oversight of digital media can be exercised while fully preserving their right to privacy. freedom of expression, he said.
He also hopes that the MIB and the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology will work coherently and in tandem to ensure that the code of ethics is also followed by digital media.
The panel observed that social media platforms, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, etc. put journalism in the hands of citizens.
Citizens use their personal recording devices, including cell phones, to capture events and post them on the Internet, he noted.
The panel said that however, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology did not record the number of websites in India, according to a popular site, Internetlivestats.com, there are currently more than 150 websites. crore across the world and around 20 crore of them is expected to be active websites across the world.
The Committee noted that in India there are 1,44,893 newspapers and periodicals that have been registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), 926 licensed satellite TV channels (with 387 channels in the News and Business category). current and 539 in the news and current affairs category), 36 Doordarshan channels with two news channels and 34 other channels, 495 FM All India Radio stations and 384 private FM radio stations.
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