The I&B Ministry has decided to consult concerned ministries and the media regarding the proposed Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill, I&B Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Thursday.
“In so far as the print media is concerned, all such allegations of intrusion of the privacy of individuals would be considered by the Press Council of India, which is an independent body over which the Government does not exercise control. Moreover, this issue is regulated on the basis of code of journalistic ethics. In so far as the electronic media is concerned, such a specific code has not been formulated. The Government has set up a committee to formulate a programme code based upon the concept of self-regulation by TV channels,” the Minister explained.
The proposed Bill in its present form has been severely criticised by the media industry for its draconian clauses to gag the Indian media. Not only that, the Law Minister has been quoted by the ‘Outlook Sapthahik’ magazine as saying that his Ministry would oppose any such legislation that attempts to rein in the media.
As first reported by exchange4media, the Government has desisted from including the Broadcast Bill in the list of Bills to be passed in Parliament in the Monsoon Session.