Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore takes charge as I&B min, says no plans to regulate digital news platforms

MUMBAI: Newly appointed Information & Broadcasting (I&B) minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has assured the media fraternity that the government has no plans to regulate content on digital news platforms. He also stressed that the media must adopt self-regulation.

It is pertinent to note that theI&B ministry under Smriti Irani has formed a 10-member committee to formulate regulations for online media/news portals and online content.

The committee comprises of MIB secretary, who will also be the convener of the committee. It also includes secretaries of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Department of Legal Affairs, and Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).

He also dismissed the notion that the government is at loggerheads with the media while stating that his ministry would work in a direction where any media, whether public broadcaster Prasar Bharati or private channels, becomes the ‘voice of people’.

“The prime minister is very clear that the media in our country is one of the very important pillars of democracy and they have to self-regulate,” Rathore told reporters.

Rathore assumed charge as Minister of State (Independent charge) of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry after replacing Smriti Zubin Irani. In addition to the I&B, he also holds the portfolio of Sports Ministry.

On the challenges posed by social media, I&B minister said the social media platform was ‘totally independent’ and that there would be ‘all kinds of dialogues’ in it. “We hope people put across their views with responsibility,” he added.

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