Ministry of Information and Broadcasting: News

20 Jun 2024

Aamir Khan

'Maharaj': Interim stay on Junaid Khan's debut film extended

The debut film of Aamir Khan's son, Junaid Khan, titled Maharaj, is facing an extended interim stay on its release.

23 May 2024

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes: Avneet Kaur-Shantanu Maheshwari's 'Love in Vietnam' first look revealed

The first glimpse of the much-anticipated film Love in Vietnam was recently showcased at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Three prominent Indian ministries unite to regulate misleading digital ads

Three high-profile Indian ministries are collaborating to form an inter-ministerial taskforce, according to HT Mint.

16 May 2024

Anya Taylor-Joy

Day 2 at Cannes: Bharat Pavilion inauguration and 'Furiosa' premiere

The second day of the ongoing 77th Cannes Film Festival was marked by two significant events - the premiere of the Hollywood film Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and the inauguration of the Bharat Pavilion.

14 Mar 2024

Indian Government

Centre bans 18 OTT platforms for 'vulgar content'

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has blocked 18 OTT platforms like Dreams Films, Voovi, and Yessma, on Thursday for "publishing obscene, vulgar, and, in some instances, pornographic content."

27 Oct 2023

Indian Government

Centre to bring new rules to limit online betting ads

The Indian government is planning to address the overwhelming flood of online betting ads by introducing new rules in the Information Technology Regulations.

CBFC corruption row: Vishal thanks I&B Ministry for swift response

Tamil actor Vishal has thanked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for taking swift action on his corruption allegations against some officials at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

11 Sep 2023


Amitabh Bachchan opens up about Dev Anand's birth centenary celebrations

The Film Heritage Foundation is celebrating the centenary of legendary Indian actor Dev Anand with a unique festival titled Dev Anand@100 - Forever Young. The two-day event, held in association with NFDC-NFAI and PVR Inox, will take place on September 23-24 across 30 cities and 55 cinema halls in India.

11 Sep 2023

Dev Anand

Dev Anand birth centenary: Film Heritage Foundation announces 2-day festival

The Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) has announced a two-day film festival titled Dev Anand@100 - Forever Young, to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of legendary actor Dev Anand.

#IFFI2023: Who's most likely to win Best Web Series Award 

In a historic first, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will see a separate category for web series, acknowledging the ever-expanding expanse of India's OTT sector.

14 Jul 2023


Government suggests panel to review OTT content for 'obscenity': Report

The government has suggested the formation of an "independent" panel to review the content of streaming services such as Netflix, Disney, and Amazon, among others, for obscenity and violence before release, Reuters reported.

12 Jun 2023


Centre bans over 150 'anti-India' YouTube news channels and websites

The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has removed more than 150 websites and YouTube-based news channels since May 2021.

Put anti-tobacco warnings or face action: Centre to OTT platforms

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday issued new guidelines for anti-tobacco warnings on Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms.

SC junks Centre's telecast ban on Malayalam news channel MediaOne

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against the Kerala High Court's order, which upheld the Centre's ban on the Malayalam news channel MediaOne.

23 Jan 2023


BBC Modi documentary: Opposition slams 'censorship'; shares alternative documentary links

Tearing into the central government, Opposition leaders have slammed it over the removal of the BBC docu-series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from YouTube and Twitter.

21 Jan 2023

Central Government

Centre endorses revenue-sharing model for tech giants, news publishers  

The Centre on Saturday said that news publishers must get a "fair share" of revenue from the big tech companies for content.

21 Jan 2023

Narendra Modi

India blocks videos, tweets of BBC documentary on PM Modi 

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) directed to block of YouTube videos linked to the BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi, ANI reported quoting sources.

23 Dec 2022

Indian Government

Centre blocks several YouTube, social media accounts for spreading misinformation

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, said that the Indian government blocked 104 YouTube channels, 45 videos, four Facebook accounts, three Instagram accounts, five Twitter handles, and six websites.

28 Nov 2022

Government of India

Airing of 'national interest' content daily mandatory from January 1

The policy of mandating TV channels to air content of 'national interest' for 30 minutes every day is likely to come into effect from the beginning of 2023.

18 Aug 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

Government blocks 8 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation, anti-India content

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has banned eight YouTube channels for spreading disinformation related to India's national security, foreign relations, and public order.

26 Apr 2022


'Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniyan': Netflix, I&B collaborate for women-centric tales

Netflix and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) announced the launch of a series of short videos, Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniyan, on Tuesday.

23 Apr 2022

Delhi Police

Delhi violence: I&B Ministry pulls up TV channels over coverage

The Centre has directed TV channels not to broadcast any "provocative" content, a week after communal clashes broke out in Delhi's Jahangirpuri during a religious procession.

05 Apr 2022


Several YouTube channels, social media accounts blocked for anti-India content

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has blocked 18 Indian and four Pakistani YouTube channels and multiple social media accounts for spreading fake news and anti-India content.

02 Feb 2022


Government holds heated meet with Twitter, Facebook, Google: Report

In the latest altercation between the government and tech giants, officials had heated discussions with Facebook, Google, and Twitter over their failure to proactively remove "fake news" from their platforms, reports citing Reuters sources claimed.

30 Jun 2021


Over 1,400 filmmakers-actors sign letter protesting proposed Cinematograph Act amendments

In a major change to the censorship laws over entertainment endeavors in the country, the Indian government will be able to review any movie, even after it has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

25 Jun 2021


Why Twitter temporarily blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's account

Triggering a fresh controversy, microblogging platform Twitter on Friday blocked Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad's account allegedly over complaints of violation of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

24 Jun 2021


News media firms move Madras HC over new IT rules

Digital News Publishers Association - a 13-member group of the country's biggest news media firms - has challenged the constitutional relevance of the central government's new Information Technology rules (IT Rules, 2021) in the Madras High Court.

31 Jan 2021


Cinema halls, theaters allowed 100% capacity from February 1

The central government has allowed cinema halls and theaters to function with 100% capacity from Monday (February 1).

17 Nov 2020

Prakash Javadekar

Government considering common code of conduct for TV channels

The central government is considering a new code of conduct for television channels, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

02 Oct 2020


What to expect when movie halls reopen from October 15

Unlock 5.0 is particularly relieving for cinema buffs in India.

Unlock 5.0: Cinema halls to reopen from October-15, and more

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for reopening of more activities as India emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

28 Sep 2020

West Bengal

Unlock 5.0: Relaxations for tourism sector, cinema halls reopening likely

As the fourth phase of "unlocking" from the coronavirus lockdown nears its end, India awaits the central guidelines for 'Unlock 5.0'.

17 Sep 2020


Before electronic media, regulate digital media: Centre urges Supreme Court

The Supreme Court must think about laying guidelines for digital media before it takes similar steps for the electronic media, the Centre said on Thursday through an affidavit.

07 Mar 2020

Prakash Javadekar

Asianet, Media One back on air as government lifts ban

The ban on two Malayalam channels, Asianet News and Media One, was lifted on Saturday, ahead of the stipulated 48-hour window.

04 Mar 2020

Narendra Modi

Is government planning to censor streaming platforms

The clock is ticking fast for streaming platforms in India as the government wants them to finalize a self-regulatory code of conduct in 100 days.

25 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

#NewsBytesExclusive: Rajyavardhan Rathore on absent Opposition, Modi 'current' and more

The political heat in the nation has become directly proportional to mercury. Tensions are running high and a lot is at stake for parties.

NaMo TV an advertisement platform, doesn't require government nod: I&B

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) is learned to have responded to an Election Commission notice on NaMo TV yesterday, saying it is an advertisement platform launched by DTH service providers, which doesn't require government nod.

16 Nov 2018


#FreeFromCensorship: Netflix contradicts 'The Print' reports, denies censoring content

Streaming giant Netflix has denied reports that it is self-regulating its content after a meeting with the Information & Broadcast Ministry.

02 Nov 2018


After Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah to become FTII chairman?

Anupam Kher's hasty resignation as Film & Television Film Institute Of India (FTII) chairman left everyone surprised.

04 Sep 2018


Media should stop using the word "Dalit", says government

In a letter, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed media outlets to refrain from using the word "Dalit" henceforth.

12 Aug 2018


Actors smoking on-screen to convey anti-smoking message through short films

The government is looking into suggestions by a panel that short films could be made to convey an anti-smoking message to viewers by the "same actor who is depicted as smoking on screen", Anurag Srivastava, the CEO of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said.

03 Aug 2018

NITI Aayog

UGC recommends deemed university status for IIMC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) to grant deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

05 Jun 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan: Ban on Indian-films during Eid reduced to one week

Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has decided to reduce the ban on the screening of Indian films during Eid from two weeks to one week, clearing the way for the release of Salman Khan-starrer "Race 3" and biopic "Sanju".

30 May 2018


Modi government plans to track social media to promote 'nationalism'

In a bid to boost 'nationalism,' the Narendra Modi-led Center is hiring a team to analyze social media and neutralize "media blitzkriegs by India's adversaries."

25 May 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan imposes temporary ban on screening foreign movies during Eid

Pakistan imposed a temporary ban on the exhibition and screening of Indian and other foreign language films during Eid.

21 May 2018


Indian film 'Nakkash' makes it to the Cannes film festival

Indian film "Nakkash", focused on communal harmony, made it to the recent 71st Cannes film festival which concluded on Saturday.

18 May 2018

Smriti Irani

IIS officers hope new I&B minister will reverse Irani's orders

Following the removal of Smriti Irani as the Information and Broadcasting minister, the association of Indian Information Service (IIS) officers now wants her orders of mass transfers that were initiated in November 2017 to be reversed.

14 May 2018


Prasar Bharati-I&B tussle nears close? Former to discuss rightsizing, Free-Dish

After months of a standoff with the I&B Ministry, the Prasar Bharati (PB) board is expected to discuss key issues of contention at a board meeting today.

04 May 2018

Ram Nath Kovind

National Film Awards breaks with 64-year-old tradition; winners boycott ceremony

The 65th National Film Awards, held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, has been marred with controversy.

03 May 2018


President giving only 11 National-Film-Awards; 60+ recipients to skip ceremony

More than 60 National Film Awards recipients today said they will skip the ceremony this evening because President Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from established tradition.

16 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

Modi govt is 'surveillance sarkar', says Congress

The Congress today attacked the Modi government over its proposal to install a chip in television set-top boxes to ascertain viewership data, dubbing the move a serious breach of privacy and the "next stage of surveillance".

Casting-couch: MAA gives in, withdraws the ban on Sri Reddy

After the National Human Rights Commission slapped notices on the Telangana government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry regarding the practice of casting couch in Tollywood, the Movie Artists Association (MAA) has lifted the ban on Sri Reddy.

06 Apr 2018


I&B to form committee to regulate online media in India

A day after the government cancelled a controversial 'fake news' circular, the I&B Ministry has decided to constitute a committee to frame guidelines for online media.

03 Apr 2018


India cracks down on journalists producing fake news

To check the spread of fake news, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced on Monday that journalists found guilty of producing or broadcasting it would lose their accreditation with the Press Information Bureau.

23 Mar 2018


Smriti Irani's birthday: 6 interesting facts about the actress-turned-politician

Smriti Irani once claimed "an ideological umbilical cord with BJP." Her grandfather was a swayamsevak and mother, a booth-activist.

01 Mar 2018

Prime Minister

I&B Ministry transfers Officer-Association Chief who complained about "mass transfers"

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has transferred IIS Group A Officers' Association President Anindya Sengupta with immediate effect, according to an order.

13 Dec 2017


Dear I&B Ministry, not every condom ad is vulgar

At a time when the noise around condom use should be louder than ever, the I&B Ministry silenced it completely.

21 Nov 2017


Jury-members request I&B ministry to reconsider decision on 'S Durga'

IFFI 2017 had quite a grand opening with Bollywood biggies Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Sridevi gracing the event.

28 Oct 2017

Tourist Attack

Radio Mirchi's #MatAaoIndia ad creates major controversy

The Swiss couple assault incident in Fatehpur Sikri left Indians fuming. Top officials of the country condemned strongly.

27 Sep 2017


Sexy Durga can't be screened, may hurt sentiments: I&B Ministry

After having won accolades at international festivals across the world, it looks like Malayalam film Sexy Durga wouldn't be screened in its home country, India.