New Delhi: All e-papers and digital news published in India are very soon likely to come under the gambit of the Information and Broadcasting ministry’s governance. The I&B Ministry has already put forward a draft Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, 2019 in a bid to replace the existing Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867.
One of the key highlights of the draft proposal is bringing digital news under its umbrella. Moreover, what could be significant is that the draft bill proposes to do away with the existing procedure of furnishing of declaration by publishers and printers before the District Magistrate and its subsequent authentication.
It proposes to have a simple system of registration of e-papers and to remove the existing provisions relating to registration of books and matters connected thereto. According to the draft bill, the “process of title and registration of periodicals” – including newspapers – is proposed to be effected centrally by the Press Registrar General as a simultaneous mechanism.
According to sources, the draft proposal further says that the change will also enable the Central and State Governments to frame appropriate rules or regulations to regulate the criteria and conditions for issuing government advertisements in newspapers and other facilities for newspapers.