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Centre Framing Law To Regulate Digital Media

A new law to replace the 1867 Press and Registration of Books Act is also on anvil

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The central government is preparing a new bill to regulate the digital media, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday.

“With the fast-paced advancement of electronic and digital media, news communication has now become multidimensional as compared to the one-way communication of news earlier. Even small news happening in a remote village reaches the national platform through digital news streams,” the I&B Minister said.

The Minister said there are opportunities and challenges in digital media. “The government has to take some corrective measures to keep a fine balance. The changes have to be brought in law, and we will bring that to make your work simple and easy. We are working to introduce a bill,” he added.

According to the Minister, the central government is looking to simplify the process of registration of newspapers. The government will also introduce a new law to replace the 1867 Press and Registration of Books Act, he added.

This new law will enable the entire registration process to be completed in a week’s time through online mode, which now takes about four month’s time.