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The court said adherence to clauses 9 (1) and 9 (3) of new IT rules was in breach of free speech under Article 19 of the Constitution and went beyond the scope of IT act itself.
The news agency said the new rules for digital media will lead to violation of fundamental rights.
The court adjourned the pleas of The Wire, Quint Digital Media Ltd and Pravda Media Foundation challenging new IT Rules after Centre's plea to transfer them to the Supreme Court.
According to the rules, social media and streaming companies will be required to take down contentious content, appoint grievance redressal officers and assist in investigations.
I&B ministry had issued a public notice on 26 May as a first step towards implementing the new IT guidelines. Companies were given 15 days to comply.
BECIL, a PSU under the I&B ministry, has invited bids from private firms who could be hired by the government as and when needed to plan and run specific campaigns.
Surkhab TV, one of the earliest digital news channels on YouTube, provides news and current affairs from the Punjab region.
I&B ministry issues notice with 3 separate forms — for print/TV outlets with digital arms, digital-only news portals, and OTT platforms. Info has to be filed in 15 days.
In ‘Power, Press and Politics’, Alok Mehta gives us an insider account of the workings of the Indian media — both print and electronic.
The petition challenges the new rules as being ‘beyond the powers’ of the Information Technology Act 2000, under which they were issued.