Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has said the
government will take media and advertising industry into confidence before
formulating policies relating to the sector.
"It will be the endeavour of the government to take the industry (media and
advertising) into confidence before we even take a single step towards taking
any decision for the sector," Tiwari said at an IAA Leadership Award event late
He further said that there was a need to speed up the process of decision
"There are issues that are contentious and we have seen agitations either
individually or collectively. As events of the past have demonstrated, if you
delay decisions, if you delay resolutions, there will be a time when the
situation will engulf you completely," he said.
Tiwari emphasised the need to create a statutory mechanism to address issues
related to convergence across media, entertainment and telecom.
"Convergence across media, entertainment and telecom space, especially with
digitisation kicking in, is inevitable. Therefore, at some point in time there
will have to be an over-arching statutory architecture to look into the issues,"
He further said that it was responsibility of the stakeholders of the sector to
respect the statutory regulations.
"Self-regulation of the content remains the preferred option, but it had to be
broad based and balanced. Freedom of speech should not extend to the right to
offend and individual's right to privacy must be respected. If an industry has
done exceedingly well, then it's been the beneficiaries of liberalisation.
"But I think what also needs to be kept in mind is that the limit of statutory
regulation should be respected, because only when we respect the law we maintain
equilibrium and harmony between creativity, provocation and restraint. Then are
we able to give the best and get the best," he said.
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