More than three weeks after the Cabinet decided to set up a group of ministers (GoM) to review the print media policy, there’s no word yet on the constitution of the GoM. Till a comprehensive media policy is framed, several print media applications, either seeking foreign investments or wanting to reprint from India, may remain pending, sources in the government indicated.
The cabinet secretariat is yet to issue an order on the constitution of the GoM. However, the various ministries that are likely to be represented in the GoM, include information and broadcasting, law, finance, home and external affairs, sources said. The ministries concerned would prepare working papers soon on the issue, they added.
The Cabinet announced the GoM to take a “comprehensive look” at the print media policy and “the violations that may have occurred,” in the past. This decision came when the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry suggested amendments to the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867, to strengthen print media norms. The I&B ministry move was a reaction to International Herald Tribune (IHT) printing from India. As per print media guidelines, foreign publications are not allowed to print/publish from India.
Among the issues that the GoM is likely to examine are printing of foreign publications from India, foreign investment cap in newspapers, norms for speciality journals and definition of speciality journals.