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MIB to meet with OTT and tech players today

This follows the introduction of a draft law last year aiming to regulate streaming platforms similarly to cable TV, raising concerns about potential impacts on creative content and freedom of expression

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has scheduled a meeting on June 14 with top OTT platforms like Netflix, Disney, Amazon, and tech giants Google, and Meta to discuss new broadcast service regulations.

This follows the introduction of a draft law last year aiming to regulate streaming platforms similarly to cable TV, raising concerns about potential impacts on creative content and freedom of expression.

The proposed bill suggests the formation of content evaluation committees, comprising members from various social groups, to review and approve shows before release. 

While films in Indian cinemas are already subject to government certification, streamed content is not, prompting concerns from platforms like Netflix about excessive pre-screening checks.

The government asserts that these measures will enhance self-regulation, with only certified shows being broadcast.

The draft law includes the establishment of a Content Evaluation Committee (CEC) for self-certification and a Broadcast Advisory Council (BAC) to handle complaints and grievances related to the Programme and Advertisement Codes, making recommendations to the Central Government.

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