Information and broadcasting secretary Apurva Chandra made a strong pitch for major tech aggregators to share some of their revenue with digital news publishers, who generate original content.
In a message sent to the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) conference on Friday, Chandra said Australia, Canada, France and the European Union have already taken the initiative through their legislatures and strengthened their competition committees to ensure a fair distribution of revenues among producers. of news content and the aggregators.
“For the growth of the news industry, it is important that the digital news platform of all these publishers, who are the creators of original content, get their fair share of revenue from the Big Tech platforms that act as aggregators of the content produced by others. he said in a message to the DNPA conference.
Chandra said post-COVID there have been issues regarding the financial health of not only the digital news industry but also the print news industry.
“It is clear that if the traditional news industry continues to be negatively impacted, the future of journalism, our fourth pillar, will also be affected. So this is also a matter of journalism and credible content,” he said.
Chandra said the traditional news industry has a history of serving the nation.
“I understand they have adequate systems of checks and balances to ensure that accurate and factual news comes out and are a good example of our stated policy of self-regulation,” he said.