Later this week, MediaNama is hosting a discussion on how information technology rules will affect the news in India in 2021. Tits session will be held online on June 3 (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. IST online with a curated audience of policy makers, lawyers, corporations, technology experts and researchers. Registrations this event will be closed shortly.

Webnyay and the Center for Internet & Society are our community partners for this discussion, and MediaNama is hosting it with support from Google.

Agenda & important discussion points:

  • Legality of IT rules 2021 from the point of view of regulating news and news aggregators.
  • Impact on digital news coverage, independent media, podcasters and international news aggregators in India.
  • Effect of Section 69A on Online News and News Aggregators.
  • Impact on International News Organizations.
  • Impact on social media platforms from a news aggregation perspective.
  • Impact of the current regulatory construct (FDI, registration, IT rules) on investments in news and current events.
  • Recommendations for improving IT rules.

Meeting schedule:

  • 2:20 pm – 2:30 pm: Check-in
  • 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Regulation of the news media | Abhinandan Sekhri (News Laundering), Kawaljit Singh Bedi (NDTV), Koreel Lahiri (Media Development Investment Fund), Manu Sebastian (Live Law) and Nehaa Chaudhari (Ikigai Law)
  • 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Regulation of news aggregators | Abhishek Malhotra (TMT Law), Gurshabad Grover (Center for Internet & Society), Mathew Chacko (Spice Route Legal) and Udbhav Tiwari (Mozilla)
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m .: final comments

Reading list to get you started:

  • Important references
    • Information Technology Rules (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics), 2021 [download]
    • The Guidelines for Information Technology Intermediaries (Amendment), 2018 [download]
    • IT rules 2011 [read]
  • Summary of the IT rules
    • Brokers and social media platforms [read]
    • Digital news publishing [read]
    • OTT streaming services [read]
  • Important developments
    • IT rules 2021: The I&B ministry instructs all digital media companies to provide information within 15 days [read]
    • Exclusive: Read Government’s “Fake News” Notice To Social Media Companies [read]
    • Government advisors warned of new IT rules that went beyond the scope of the law, but were overruled: report [read]
    • IT rules 2021: Five digital news organizations launch complaints portal (updated) [read]
    • “State governments cannot issue any communications to media companies under the new rules for digital media: I&B Secy” [read]
    • Legacy Media Companies news sites exempt from the new rule: DNPA [read]
  • complain
    • Rules go beyond the scope of the superordinate law: Pratidhvani challenges IT rules in front of Karnataka HC in 2021 – updated update [read]
    • IT rules 2021 allow the government to dictate digital news content: Quint’s petition [read]
    • Delhi High Court publishes a notice to the government to challenge IT rules in 2021 – The Wire, Dhanya Rajendran, MK Venu [read]
    • Letter: Arguments from LiveLaw in the plea for contesting the IT rules 2021 [read]
    • Letter: Arguments of the Foundation for Independent Journalism in the plea for contesting the IT rules in 2021 [read]
  • Analysis / opinion
    • IT Rules 2021: Impact on Commentators of Online News and Current Events [read]
    • IT rules 2021: How are foreign news and media publications affected? [read]
    • IT Rules 2021: Can the Government of India Use Section 69 of IT Law to Censor Digital Media? [read]
    • Editors Guild says new IT rules will undermine press freedom in 2021 [read]
    • India’s New Broker Liability and Digital Media Regulations Will Harm the Open Internet, by Udbhav Tiwari. from Mozilla [read]
    • Reactions to new IT rules for social media, OTT platforms and digital news media [read]
  • Direct investment in digital media
    • HT Editorial: The FDI cap in digital media will create a fair field [read]
    • All sectors called for mechanisms for a level playing field: I&B Ministry on IT Rules 2021 [read]
    • Government publishes “clarification” on 26% FDI in digital news media [read]
    • Why New FDI Rules For Digital Media Companies Are Regressive To Internet Room In India [read]
    • Amit Khare of the I&B ministry says an FDI limit of 26% should apply to news aggregators [read]
  • Historical context
    • On Establishing the Digital News Publishers Association: What Was the Need? [read]
    • Neutralize those who write against us: In the government’s plan to control media perception [read]
    • HT Media acquires business news platform VCCircle [read]
    • Do News Websites In India Need Government Permits? Newslaundry.com is filing FDI approval [read]
    • I&B Ministry Dissolves Online Content Regulatory Committee; MeitY intervenes [read]
    • #NAMApolicy Delhi: Regulation of online news content [read]
    • #NAMAPolicy Mumbai: Regulation of online news content [read]

do not forget to register take part, this discussion is only open to selected invitees. MediaNama subscribers have priority access to our discussions.


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