Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has approved the registration of the Print and Digital Media Association (PADMA) as self-regulatory body with member publishers.
In an official statement, the ministry conveyed the approval of the competent authority in the ministry for registration of "Print And Digital Media Association (PADMA)" as a Level-II Self Regulatory Body for publishers of news and current affairs content as per rule 12 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
Justice Mool Chand Garg, Former High Court Judge would be the chairperson of the PADMA panel. Ashok Kumar Tandon, Senior Bureaucrat and Journalist and Manoj Kumar Mishra, Senior Journalist and Writer would be members of the panel.
The MIB statement further read, “The Print and Digital Media Association 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 4. the provisions of the Rules, including furnishing the requisite information under rule 18 of the Rules.”
Any change in the composition of the body and/or the membership of the publishers shall be informed to the Ministry as soon as the such change takes place.