The Centre has started the process to propose changes to the Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, 2019. The new bill will bring in a new registration rule for newspapers that will include the digital news media industry, according to media reports.

This is the first time that the Indian Digital Media will have regulations

The future legislation – the Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill – will replace the colonial-era Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, that currently regulates printing presses and newspapers printed in India.

One of the reports mentioned that “If the bill is passed, Indian digital news websites will come on par with newspapers, and they will have to register themselves with the Press Registrar General, equal to the prevalent Registrar of Newspapers in India,”

tab mentioned Digital media

What Is Digital Media?

A news app, game app, study app, or any app on a smartphone, and an ultrasound imaging device in a hospital are all digital media products. . They are effective because they are appealing, easy to use, and deliver results.

Digital Media is a mixture of technology and content, and the structure of digital media products requires teams of professionals with diverse technical skills, artistic skills, and analytical and production coordination skills.
Digital media products occupy the world we live in today, enabling and delivering experiences in many industries, including industries that aren’t typically associated with digital media—such as health, government, and education. The world we live in today is occupied by digital media products, enabling and delivering experiences in many industries, including industries that aren’t typically associated with digital media—such as health, government, and education.

Digital media products can originate in:

  • eCommerce
  • Games – console, online and mobile
  • Websites and mobile applications
  • Animation
  • Social media
  • Video
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality
  • Data visualization
  • Location-based services
  • Interactive Storytelling

Digital media can include these industries

  • Entertainment
  • Technology
  • eCommerce
  • Non-Profit
  • Health
  • Education
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Government
  • Sports
  • Environment
  • Television
  • Publishing

Digital news publishers have to apply for registration within 90 days of the law coming into effect.
And Digital news sites also face a penalty or canceled Registration in case of an action for any violations.

In the year 2019, The Centre put out a draft Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill that defined “news on digital media” as “news in a digitized format that can be communicated over the internet, laptop, computer or mobile networks and includes text, audio, video, and graphics”.

The Centre’s draft bill had sparked a debate with many alleging that it was an attempt to ‘control’ digital News Media.

The bill will also remove the existing provisions relating to the registration of books and matters connected to it. Digital Media will be regulated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


Digital media means any messages through media that operate with the use of any of various encoded machine-readable data formats. Digital media can be created, viewed, distributed, modified, listened to, and preserved on a digital electronics device. however, meant a whole new set of media transmission methods and devices, with more developed every year. These days, most types of digital media fit – Audio, video, Social media, Advertising, news literature, etc.


  • What industry does fall under Digital Media?

Entertainment, Technology, eCommerce, Non-Profit, Health, Education

  • What are the three types of Digital Media?

Earned Media, Owned Media, Paid Media.

  • What is Digital News Production?

It is a contemporary form of journalism where editorial content is distributed via the Internet, as opposed to publishing via print or broadcast.

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