The government is drafting a new bill to revamp regulations governing media content, particularly concerning platforms like YouTube and other online mediums. This upcoming legislation aims to modernize existing regulations to better fit the current technological landscape. Additionally, it strives to ensure that content circulated on these platforms complies with certain established guidelines.
In recent developments, the government took action against 122 YouTube-based news channels. These channels were found to be sharing content that violated specific laws related to information technology. The reason for taking these channels down was due to their content not aligning with the country’s safety, diplomatic relationships with other nations, and the maintenance of public order.
Regarding television channels, there exist strict guidelines dictating the content they broadcast. In instances where any channel fails to adhere to these guidelines, there’s a structured mechanism in place to handle complaints and take suitable actions.
As part of regulatory changes in the broadcasting sphere, the government plans to replace an outdated law established in 1995 with a new, more comprehensive one. This replacement legislation aims to effectively govern television and broadcasting operations. To ensure fairness and practicality, the government is seeking input, feedback, and suggestions from various experts and the general public during the drafting process.
Furthermore, the government has established a dedicated system to address complaints regarding the unauthorized screening of pirated copies of films on the internet. Specific officers have been vested with the authority to issue directives to online intermediaries to block access to links that violate copyright laws.