I&B ministry to amend rule on employing foreigners in Indian media

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The Union information and broadcasting ministry (i&b) is considering amending rules pertaining to employment of foreigners and non-resident Indians (nris) in newspapers and other current affairs publications.

These publications will have to intimate details of foreigners/nris they propose to employ. But they can employ foreigners or nri while the process of clearance is underway. This modifies an earlier clause that stated "All entities shall obtain prior clearance of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of any foreigners/nris proposed to be employed/engaged."

An i&b official said "Newspapers had asked for the amendment.Even now, an entity will have to dispense with services of foreigners/nris if they aren't cleared by the ministry." Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta said, "The amendment might have come at the behest of a newspaper group. But the Indian media has sufficient maturity to have foreign editors."

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