Press Information Bureau organizes virtual workshop on Digital Media Code of Ethics-2021


Desk: On 14th July 2021, he addressed a virtual workshop with representatives of media persons, academicians and students of journalism from the North Eastern States, Odisha and West Bengal today. The virtual workshop was organized by Press Information Bureau.

Shri Vikram Sahai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was also present in this virtual workshop. Sahai said some important things during this. He said that the grievance redressal mechanism is the core of the Digital Media Code of Conduct-2021 and has been designed as a citizen-centric regulation for the benefit of the common man.

Establishment of institutional mechanism for redressal of grievances

Highlighting the salient features of Digital News Publishers and Digital Media Code of Conduct-2021 and Rules relating to OTT Platforms, Shri Sahai said that a large number of court cases, complaints of media opinion, elected representatives, representation of Supreme Court and higher Because its determination was very necessary.

He said that it was also aimed at creating an institutional mechanism for grievance redressal as the government is receiving a large number of such complaints and this new code will ensure a proper grievance redressal mechanism.

Addressing the concerns of digital media publishers regarding adherence to the Code of Conduct, Mr. Sahai said that the Code of Conduct is a norm that currently applies to traditional media, and instead of joining the existing national regulatory bodies, they are new. may come together to form a self-regulatory body.


No registration is required for online news portals

Talking about the registration process of digital media, Mr. Sahai said that no registration is required for online news portals. However, it is mandatory to have the necessary database with the Government to furnish the basic information regarding the publisher in the prescribed format.

Mr. Sahai said that digital media publishers are expected to adhere to the code of conduct, submit information in the required format to the Ministry earliest, and constitute a self-regulatory body.

Code of ethics designed to guide online media platforms

Additional Director General, North Eastern Region, Shri S.N. Pradhan welcomed the gathering and highlighted the salient features of the Digital Media Code of Conduct-2021. He said that without depriving the general public of the benefits of digital media platforms, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has framed these codes of conduct to guide the rapidly emerging media platforms.

Shri Rajinder Choudhary, Additional Director General, Odisha Region proposed a vote of thanks and concluding remarks. Shri Chowdhary said that the grievance redressal mechanism will immensely benefit the common people.

Other important issues were also discussed

Around 300 participants representing online media, OTT platforms, academicians, journalism students, media persons from the states of Northeast, Odisha and West Bengal and officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting participated in the virtual workshop.

In the question-answer session, issues like curbing fake news, the authenticity of content, censorship for social media content were discussed in the virtual workshop.

Field Exhibition Officer, Guwahati, Mrs. Hiramoni Das and Media and Communication Officer Mr. Gopjit Das conducted the virtual workshop.

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