The Ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has approved the registration of the Print and Digital Media Association (Padma) as a self-regulatory body (SRB) for publishers of news and current affairs content.
The ministry has given its authority to register the association as a level-II self-regulatory body as per rule 12 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
According to a press statement issued by the ministry, Padma’s panel includes Justice Mool Chand Garg, a former high court Judge as chairperson; and senior bureaucrat and journalist Ashok Kumar Tandon and Manoj Kumar Mishra, a senior writer and journalist, as members.
The statement said the ministry will have to be informed in case there is any change in the composition of the body and/or the membership of the publishers.
According to the ministry, Padma will perform functions laid down in sub-rules (4) and (5) of rule 12 for redressing grievances related to the Code of Ethics under the rules. Additionally, the body will ensure that the member publishers agree to adhere to the provisions of the rules, including the furnishing of requisite information under rule 18.