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Legacy Media joins in as petitioner against Centre's IT Rules 2021

Lawstreet Journal 3 Jul 2021 2:45am

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The country’s legacy media has joined the chorus against the government’s new digital media ethics code, petitioning Madras High Court to strike it down as it “opens the door to suppressing freedom of speech and independence of news media in the country”.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy on 23rd June 2021, Wednesday issued notice to the Union government, tagged the case along with the one filed by classical vocalist T.M. Krishna against the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, and allowed the petitioners to approach it if any coercive action is taken against them under the provisions of the new regime.

The petition was filed by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA), a collective of traditional media houses in both print and electronic format with an online footprint. The DNPA seeks to distinguish itself from media entities that operate only in the digital format to make a case that the legacy media does not fall within the ambit of the Information Technology Act, 2000, and that bringing them under its realm will amount to over-regulation.

According to the petition, legacy media houses involved in television and print media have been “wrongfully and arbitrarily classified” as part of digital media in the rules. Stating that the rules “impose arbitrary, unjustified, undue and unfair oversight into acts” of the media houses represented in the DNPA, the petitioners argued that it would confer “arbitrary and untrammelled” powers to the State… Continue Reading...

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