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  India   Politics  11 May 2018  It’s time to frame laws for digital media: Smriti Irani

It’s time to frame laws for digital media: Smriti Irani

Published : May 11, 2018, 2:07 am IST
Updated : May 11, 2018, 7:04 am IST

She said the Indian media industry looked upon the digital world not only as a challenge but also as an opportunity.

Union I&B minister Smriti Zubin Irani
 Union I&B minister Smriti Zubin Irani

New Delhi: Union I&B minister Smriti Zubin Irani on Thursday stated that India will have around 969 million Internet users by 2021 and pitched for putting in place “laws, ethics and rules” to ensure that no one player dominated the digital media industry.

She said the Indian media industry looked upon the digital world not only as a challenge but also as an opportunity.


“Do we look at the new evolving technologies from a position of suspect, or do we look at it from a position of opportunity, from a position of consolidation or further expansion,” the information and broadcasting minister said while inaugurating the 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2018. Within the next three years, India would have over 969 million Internet users, she said.

 “This is the time to put laws, ethics, rules into place which help us balance out the industry so that we don’t have one dominant player who rules the roost,” Ms Irani said.  The three-day media summit is being hosted by the information and broadcasting ministry jointly with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and public sector firm Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL).  The theme of the summit is — Telling Our Stories — Asia and More.


Ms Irani said India is the fastest growing advertising market, which was expected to touch $10.59 billion by the end of 2018, and mobile spend was estimated to grow to $1.55 billion in 2018.

Speaking at the occasion, Bangladesh information minister Hasanul Haq Inu outlined six complex challenges the world faces today, listing them as poverty, gender disparity, terrorism, ICT revolution, climate change and uneven globalisation.

Expressing concern over cybercrime, he stressed the need to fight a war against cybercriminals to keep the media safe and expanding.  Cambodia Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said, “We are trying to improve the state of the press in Cambodia. We seek to maintain strong relationships with the fourth estate.” UNESCO Director (New Delhi)  Shigeru Aoyagi talked about the role of the media in creating peace and partnership on the planet.


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