A regulatory framework, which is able to keep pace with the latest changes, is a prerequisite for orderly development of any sector, including the media, Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said on Tuesday. Tewari further said the government needs to be given some flexibility to deliver better. He also asked broadcasters to introspect as to what kind of a regulator could best serve the needs of the country.
“What troubles me essentially as a lawyer is whether regulation has been able to keep pace with technology,” Tewari said at a conference organised by the Broadcast Engineering Society. “When I talk about regulation, it is not that I am a control freak or the government is one. But for the orderly development of any sector, it is a prerequisite that there should be an enabling regulatory and statutory architecture, which is able to keep pace with change as it unfolds,” Tewari said.
The I&B minister said that, as a liberal, he leaned towards self-regulation, but also went on to highlight related issues. “While I have no problem with the freedom of speech extending even to the right to offend, there has to be a corresponding remedy to it... we need to make a distinction between the right to privacy and the right to anonymity,” he said.
Tewari further said media resented any form of government regulation and this belief was shared by the civil society. “I think, maybe the time has come for us to introspect whether the government also needs a little bit of flexibility, creativity and latitude.”