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Indian government reiterates media self regulation backing

The media industry must "give the self regulation process some time" to establish its integrity, India's Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said on Friday (24 February).

Dismissing calls for external censorship or media control, she said she believed with time "something positive will come from this process [of self regulation]. It is necessary to give the process time and space to establish its credibility and acceptance."

Speaking after the International Press Institute (IPI)-India Excellence in Journalism awards, Soni reiterated the government is committed to facilitating mechanisms put in place by leading broadcasting bodies in their roadmap for self-regulation.

Soni also spoke of the growth of the media industry in India, which hosts thriving television, digital and print sectors. India now has over 800 television channels in 24 languages, which reach 140 million homes, she said.

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