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Govt must ensure code of ethics followed in digital media space: Parl panel

The panel observed that social media platforms, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, etc. have placed journalism in the hands of the citizens

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Observing that platforms have placed journalism in the hands of citizens, a parliamentary panel on Wednesday asked the government to ensure code of ethics is followed in the space while preserving right to freedom of expression.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology in its 27th report on 'Ethical Standards in Media Coverage', presented in Parliament, said it hoped that the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, will go a long way in regulating content.

The committee impressed upon the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to ensure that adequate consultations take place with all stakeholders and that oversight of digital media may be exercised while fully preserving their right to freedom of expression, it said.

It also hoped that the MIB along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology will work coherently and in tandem to ensure that the code for ethics is followed by digital media also.

The panel observed that platforms, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, etc. have placed journalism in the hands of the citizens.

Citizens use their personal recording devices including cell phones to capture events and post them on the internet, it noted.

The panel said that though, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology does not have a record of the number of internet websites in India, according to a popular site, Internetlivestats.com, there are at present more than 150 crore websites across the world and it is expected that around 20 crore out of these are active websites across the world.

The committee noted that in India there are 1,44,893 newspapers and periodicals which have been registered with Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), 926 permitted satellite television channels (with 387 channels being under news and category and 539 being under non-news and category), 36 Doordarshan channels with two news and 34 non-news channels, 495 All India Radio FM radio stations and 384 private FM radio stations.

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First Published: Thu, December 02 2021. 02:05 IST
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