Centre to issue ‘negative’ list to streaming sites

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is likely to issue a “negative” list of don’ts for video streaming services or Over-The-Top platforms like Netflix and Hotstar by the end of this year. The Ministry is also nudging the platforms to come up with a self-regulatory body on the lines of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

In January, eight video streaming services had signed a self-regulatory code that laid down a set of guiding principles for the content on these platforms. The move was to pre-empt any attempt by the government to impose censorship.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had suggested that his Ministry would organise consultations on streamlining the content on these portals. The first consultation was held in Mumbai on October 12.

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