The Joint Secretary in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Vikram Sahay has said that the Digital Media Ethics Code for OTT platforms and digital news publishers keeps the citizen at the heart of the grievance redressal mechanism. He said, the rules establish a soft touch co-regulatory architecture involving a Code of Ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal framework for publishers on digital media. Mr Sahay was addressing a webinar on Digital Media Ethics Code organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the stakeholders in the northern states and Union Territories of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh.
The Joint Secretary made a brief presentation explaining the various aspects of ‘Digital Media Ethics Code’ such as the Code of Ethics for the publishers, the three-tier grievance redressal mechanism and the provisions related to furnishing and disclosure of information by the digital media publishers. Mr Sahay informed that the Ministry has received information from over 1800 publishers and added that several bodies and associations of publishers have sent communication regarding the constitution of self-regulating bodies under the Rules.