TOP SECRET: MIB furnishes list of digital news media publishers and OTT platforms that submitted their details under IT Rules, 2021

IFF filed RTI applications to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) seeking information on notices sent to news media publishers under Rule 18 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021). MIB initially disclosed that 2100 publishers had provided their details under Rule 18 of the IT Rules, 2021, however, they refused to share any further information, including the number of notices issued or the legal basis for such notices. This is despite a stay on Rules 9(1) & 9(3) of the IT Rules, 2021 by the Madras and Bombay HCs.

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