New Delhi, Feb 27: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Saturday clarified that the availability within the new digital media pointers to dam web content material in a case of emergency nature has been around as a rule since 2009 and was not just lately launched.
Certain misgivings are being raised concerning Rule 16 below Part III of the rules which point out that in a case of emergency nature, interim blocking instructions could also be issued by the Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, a ministry assertion mentioned.
“It is hereby clarified that that is not a new provision. For the previous eleven years, since 2009, this provision has been exercised by the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT below the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009,” it mentioned.
Under the rules issued on February 25, this provision has solely been changed with Secretary, Ministry of I&B as a result of Part III of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 can be administered by the I&B Ministry, the assertion mentioned.
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“It is reiterated — no change in provision has been made nor any new provision has been added on blocking of content material below Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021,” the I&B ministry mentioned.
The authorities on Thursday had mentioned a ”code of ethics” and three-tier grievance redressal mechanism can be relevant for information publishers, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media.
The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 have been introduced at a joint press convention right here by I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this week.