The Editors Guild of India has known as on the federal government to set the Info Engineering (Middleman Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Regulations, 2021 in abeyance, saying the pointers can undermine media flexibility.
In a statement on Friday, the EGI explained it was “deeply concerned” about the latest notification of the rules and questioned the federal government to seek the advice of the stakeholders.
“The Rules, issued under the Info Technological innovation Act, 2000, fundamentally alter how publishers of information run over the Web and have the probable to severely undermine media independence. They empower the Union federal government to block, delete or modify printed news anywhere in the country without having any judicial oversight and mandate all publishers to create a grievance redressal mechanism,” the EGI explained.
It mentioned some provisions of the guidelines could place unreasonable limitations on electronic news media.
“The EGI is involved that the government did not seek the advice of stakeholders prior to notifying these far-achieving policies. The Guild urges the federal government to put the principles in abeyance and perform meaningful consultation with all stakeholders. The government ought to get notice of the simple fact that in the identify of reining an unfettered social media it are not able to overwhelm constitutional safeguards for no cost media that has been the cornerstone of our democracy,” the EGI said.