Acts and Rules


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* Television Channels:

1. Cable Network (Regulation)Act, 1995

2. Cable Network (Regulation)Rules, 1994

3. I&B Notification dated2nd August, 2006 (Banning Adult Content in TV Channels)

4. Programme Code & Advertising Code under CableNetwork (Regulation) Rules, 1994

4A. Constitution of Inter-Ministerial Committee for content regulation of satellite TV & FM Radio Channels - Ministry of I&B Order dt. 25-4-2005

4B. Re-constitution of Inter Ministerial Committee by including Joint Secretary (Consumer Affairs)

4C. NCPCR Guidelines to Regulate Child Participation in TV Serials,Reality Shows and Advertisements, 2010-11

4D. Hon'ble Supreme Court’s Order dated 13th April, 2004 relating to advertisements of political nature on TV Channels and cable networks

4E. Election Commission’s order dated 21-11-2008 reg. political advertisements - Extension to radio

5. Programme and Advt. Code for Doordarsan and All-India Radio

6. Ministry of I&B order to constitute State Level Committees to monitor Private Channels dt. 19th February, 2008

7. Ministry of I&B order dt. 28-7-2008 as addendum to order dt. 19-2-2008 reg. State Level Monitoring Committees

7A. Govt. of AP - Constitution of State Level Monitoring Committee for effective implementation of the Cable Television Network (Regulation)Act, 1995

8. Draft Broadcasting bill, 2007

9. Draft Content Code for Television Channels, 2008

10. Guidelines for Uplinking from India Dt. 5-12-2011

11. Policy Guidelines for Downlinking of Televisions Channels Dt. 5-12-2011

11A. Guidelines for obtaining license for providing Direct-to-Home (DTH) Broadcasting Service in India

11B. Guidelines for Provisioning of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Services

12. News Broadcasters Association - Code of Ethics

13. Indian Broadcasting Foundation - Self-regulatory guidelines for non-news channels

14. Letter dated 10-3-2004 from CBFC to Ministry of I and B regarding censored content being shown part of publicity designs and TV telecasts

15. Hon'ble Supreme Court judgement in 'Air Waves' Case (Operative portion / Summary)

16. The Prasar Bharti Act, 1990

For State-level laws relating to TV Channels, please see below section, 'Media Law in Various States'


* Films / Cinema:

1. The Cinematograph Act, 1952

2. The Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983

3. Guidelines to Censor Board for Certification of Films

4. CBFC Communication no. 116 mandating submission of film publicity designs before issuance of certificate

5. Re-certification of celluliod films in re-edited video format - Re-classification of 'A', 'UA' to 'U' - CBFC Ltr dt. 23-6-1995

6. Draft Cinematograph Bill, 2010

For State-level laws relating to regulation of Cinema theatres etc., please see below section, 'Media Law in Various States'

* Radio:

1. Programme and Advt. Code for All-India Radio  

2. Grant of permission agreement between Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and FM Radio operators

* Print Media (Books, News Papers, Magazines etc.):

1. The Press Council of India Act, 1978

1A. Norms of Journalistic Conduct - framed by Press Council of India

2. The Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, 1956

3. The Newspaper (Price And Page) Act, 1956

4. The Press and Registration of Books Act

5. Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Condition of

    Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 

6. Election Reporting - Guidelines to Media by Press Council of India


* Internet:

1. The Information Technology Act, 2000

2. Cyber Laws For Every Netizen in India

* Telecommunications: 

1. Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

2. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, 1997

3. TRAI Regulations

* General / Miscellaneous:

1. The Constitution of India

2. The Right to Information Act, 2005

    * Guidelines to Information Seekers under the Right to Information Act, 2005  (An RTI Ready Reference for public)

    * Guidelines to Public Authorities regarding implementation of RTI Act, 2005

    * Guidelines to Public Information Officers regarding implementation of RTI Act, 2005

    * Guidelines to First Appellate Authorities under RTI Act, 2005

    * Right to Information Rules, 2012


3. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986

4. Indian Penal Code – Relevant Provisions

5. Advertising Standards Council of India - Code of Self-regulation

5A. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Third Amendment Rules), 2012

6. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

6A. Model Guidelines for The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012


6. The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971

7. The Copy Right Act, 1957

8. Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 (& Rules, 1955)

9. The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940

10. Law relating to Defamation

11. The Parliamentary Proceedings (Protection of Publication) Act, 1977

11A. Analysis of Parliamentary Privileges

12. The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961

13. The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 & Rules, 1982

14. Exit Poll Guidelines issued by Election Commission of India

15. The Official Secrets Act, 1923

16. The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978




* Decency in various media (General):

1. Creation of Anti-Obscenity Cells in Andhra Pradesh

    (GO No. 731 Home (General-A) Dept., Govt. of AP)


* Films-Cinema:

1. Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955

2. Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1970

3. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh GO No. 100 dt. 26-4-2013

4. Licence Conditions for Cinema theatres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - Telugu Version

* Television Channels:

State Level Monitoring Committee in Andhra Pradesh for effective implementation of Cable Networks Act, 1995 

(GO No. 383 Home (General-A) Dept. dt. 29-12-2008)

* Visual Media (Posters, Hoardings etc.):

1. AP Prevention of Disfigurement of Open Places and prohibition of

obscene and objectionable Posters and Advertisements Act, 1997

2. The Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981

3. The AP Municipalities Act, 1967 - Relevant Provisions

4. Special Chief Secretary’s (Govt. of AP) memo to the Collectors and

CP’s to curb the menace of objectionable Posters and Hoardings

5. The DGP’s (Govt. of Andhra Pradesh) memo to SP’s and CP’s to

curb the menace of objectionable Posters and Hoardings


* Note:  Though full texts of various acts are given above for reference, one is advised to go through the first link i.e, MediaWatch - A Legal Checklist’ so as to have a quick look at select and useful legal provisions.