In news– The Government of India has approved the Print and Digital Media Association (PADMA) as a self-regulatory body for publishers of news and current affairs across the country.
What is the the Print and Digital Media Association?
- The organisation with 47 digital news publishers on board will look at grievances related to digital media news content on their platforms.
- The organisation will be headed by former HC Judge Mool Chand Garg and have part-time member of Prasar Bharati Ashok Kumar Tandon and journalist Manoj Kumar Mishra as members.
- It shall perform functions laid down in the sub rules (4) and (5) of rule 12 for the purpose of redressing grievances related to the code of ethics under the rules.
- The body shall also ensure that the member publishers have agreed to adhere to the provisions of the rules, including furnishing the requisite information under rule 18.
- Rule 12 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, states that self-regulatory bodies will
- Oversee and ensure adherence by the publisher to the code of ethics; provide guidance to publishers on aspects of the code of ethics.
- Address grievances which have not been resolved by publishers within 15 days.
- Hear appeals filed by the complainant against the decision of publishers.
- Issue such guidance or advisories to such publisher for ensuring compliance to the code of ethics.
- With this, the Ministry has approved nine self-regulatory bodies since May 2021 under rule 12 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
- They include DIGIPUB News India Foundation, Confederation of Online Media (lndia), and NBF- Professional News Broadcasting Standards Authority, among others.