How to strengthen regulatory systems for media being considered: Prakash Javadekar

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    How to reinforce regulatory systems for media being considered: Prakash Javadekar

    Composed by Krishn Kaushik
    | New Delhi |

    Updated: November 16, 2020 5: 53: 32 pm





    prakash javadekar, union cabinet Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar. (Source: Screenshot/DDNews)

    The federal government is mulling over enhancing the regulative systems for the news media in the nation, and is also considering a brand-new standard procedure for television. Union Details and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on the National Press Day that the federal government does not wish to interfere, however some of the regulatory concerns are being thought about by his ministry.

    Speaking at a webinar arranged by the Press Council of India, Javadekar discussed the various regulatory systems available for print and tv news, and need for such a system for the online platforms. “The flexibility of journalism is being gone over again today, and I said that the method the press flexibility is being attacked, that is bad,” stated the minister.

    ” Press Council of India is another mechanism of self-regulation. Though the head is designated by the government, however it has representatives of press owners, editors, reporters, photographers and parliamentarians. However individuals are demanding that the Press Council need to be provided more powers. That is likewise being considered.” Javadekar said.

    Discussing TELEVISION news, he stated that “there is no Press Council like system for TV channels, so there need to be self-regulation for that” and discussed that “there is one institution, and anyone can grumble to them and they even penalize the erring channels”. National Broadcasting Standards Authority is the self-regulatory body for TELEVISION news channels.

    ” But there are lots of channels that are not even members of that,” Javadekar stated, adding that “they have no restrictions”. “Such a system can not exist. Individuals are recommending us that we should likewise create a standard procedure which is typical for all channels. We have not taken a decision, but we are considering it as well.”

    Concerning online platforms or Over the Leading (OTT) platforms, the I&B Minister said that “there neither a Press Council like system for them, nor is there any self-regulation”.

    He stated while there is some excellent content on a few of them, there are “some bad and some really bad” films and reveals too. “Since of this, there too what can be done, individuals are recommending and we are listening,” he said and added that the ministry gets “many letters every day and we consider them all.”

    Though he pointed out that the federal government is thinking of these “difficulties”, he added, “I believe press workers ought to themselves take the lead, need to institutionalise a concept of accountable flexibility”. For that, he said that “all the systems ought to be improved, and (media personnel) should accept the challenge of making them work appropriately”.

    ” The federal government does not desire to interfere in it, and does not desire to limit any flexibility, however this is your obligation, that if federal government has faith in you must set an example of responsible flexibility, accountable journalism.”

    On the issue of supposed adjustment of the Television Score Points (TRP), Javadekar said that the committee developed by the I&B Ministry to check out how the system can be enhanced will give its report soon. The four-member committee was created on November 4 and will be headed by the Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati.

    Javadekar stated the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) is a body of advertisers, marketing companies and broadcasters. “The federal government deliberately never ever hindered it, due to the fact that if the marketer and the broadcaster are on the very same page then why ought to we can be found in between”.

    Nevertheless, he added, “now the time has come that we have to interfere” and he mentioned the committee. “Previously there used to be 5000 meters, that is why there was control. If there is a system to record the options of 1 crore people, so how will there be any control,” he stated.

    ” How to eliminate the possibility of adjustment, we have actually created a committee for it, and it will not take excessive time and will provide a report quickly on what is possible,” Javadekar pointed out.

    He called the “liberty of the press” as the “soul of democracy”. However, he stated, “the liberty of press is not limitless”.

    He mentioned that journalism should be responsible, and while the work being done can be criticised, “but if the editor and journalists have personal self-respect, even the typical person has it”.

    Speaking at the very same event earlier Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu stated that the “press in India has actually always been the vanguard of safeguarding and strengthening the structures of democracy” and pointed out that “robust free and lively media is as important as independent judiciary in consolidating democracy and reinforcing constitutional guideline of law”.

    ” Democracy can not endure without a totally free and fearless press,” Naidu said and included “therefore any attack on the freedom of journalism is damaging to national interest and should be opposed by one and all”. He asked the media “to be reasonable, objective and accurate in its reporting”.

    Throughout the occasion, on “the function of media in Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on media”, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared written messages and valued the role played by the media in the battle against Covid-19 in the country.

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