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Centre issues order bringing online films, audio-visual programmes, online news & current affairs content under MIB

New Delhi:11/11/20: Union Government has issued order bringing online films and audio-visual programmes and online news and current affairs content under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

OTT (Over-the-Top) platforms, including Netflix, Hotstar, Prime Video and online news portals are also now under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The development was announced today in a gazette notification.

Currently, there is no law or autonomous body governing digital content.

At present, the Press Council of India looks after the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) takes care of the news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) monitors films.

Last year, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar had stated that the present government won’t take any step that may curb media freedom.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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