In its statement, MoICT said, Motion Picture (Production, Exhibition, and Distribution) Act 2077 clearly states that only the films that have the approval by Film Censor Board can go on air. Besides, there is also the provision that the contents get Advertising films’ approval.
MoICT has also warned that any guilty individual or party will face fines up to Rs.5,000 and their license could be revoked by the CDO (Chief District Officer). Adding to it, the authority could also confiscate the tools and equipment used in film making, exhibiting, and distributing.
Recently, cable TV operators in the country threatened to pull the plug on their service if the government didn’t act on regulating OTT & IPTV platforms.
Lamenting that the digital platforms have greatly compromised their business over the years, they demanded monitoring over their contents broadcast. The operators had threatened with a 24-hour ultimatum but retreated after MoICT Secretary Baikuntha Aryal called for a dialogue.
The latest move by the Ministry aligns with the cable operators’ explicit demands.
The Spokesman for MoICT Vinod Prakash Singh said “the attempt is to bring the concerned platforms into authority based on existing regulations. The Act will bring content aired through OTT & online mediums within its perimeter. Any content produced or broadcast in Nepal through any medium will come under the Act’s ruling”, he added.
With the ruling coming in effect, any OTT & IPTV platforms will require permission by the government to operate. In addition, the contents that will be displayed through those mediums must pass the Censorship as well.
Spokesman Singh has admitted that the 5 decades-old law might not correspond with present days demands. However, he claims, MoICT will gradually reform the Act to render it more effective in the coming days.
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