June 24, 2022

Journalists with digital companies to get accreditation | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a first, journalists working for digital news publishers will be recognised under the new Central Media Accreditation Guidelines 2022, published on Monday by the Press Information Bureau of the I&B ministry.
The guidelines, on the basis of which working journalists in the National Capital Region are granted government accreditation, came into effect from February 1.
As per the guidelines, while news aggregators will not be considered for accreditation, digital news publishers that have furnished the requisite information to the I&B ministry under the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code), Rules, 2021, haven’t been found to be in violation and have been in continuous existence for at least a year, will be eligible for accreditation.
The norms have also, for the first time, done away with cumulative quota for media groups. Instead, quotas have been set for individual organisations basis their circulation, viewership or subscription figures. This is expected to lead to a sharp decrease in the number of accredited persons going forward.
A daily, weekly or fortnightly with a circulation of over one lakh, for instance, will be entitled to a quota of 15 people, while a print news agency with over 500 subscribers will get 50 accreditations.
Print and TV news organisations that have digital media arms as an extension will have to adjust them within their quotas. From now on, print media journalists applying for fresh accreditations will also need to furnish RNI registration and circulation certificates of their publications, while TV journalists will have to supply a copy of the permission letter from I&B ministry for uplinking and downlinking as a news and current affairs channel.
Among other changes, the Central Media Accreditation Guidelines, 2022 has renamed the ‘long and distinguished category’ accreditation to ‘veterans’ and has removed the mandatory prerequisite, in this category, of persons to hold a PIB accreditation for 20 years to be eligible to apply. Now, ‘veterans’ who above the age of 65 years who have worked as journalists for 30 years or more will be eligible to apply. In the freelance category, journalists will have to submit 20 (instead of 15) clippings as before. The government has done away with the mandatory requirement of a CA certificate to prove remuneration through journalism.

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