Censorship

Mail Today censors cartoons

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-08-13

Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured..


Censoring the arts in 2017: advent of the NOC!

BY URVASHI SARKAR, SHILPI GOYAL, SEVANTI NINAN| IN CENSORSHIP |28/12/2017

In a bad year for creative freedom an astonishing variety of reasons were cited for censorship, even as the courts upheld filmmakers’ rights in some cases.

 

Allahabad HC gag order in Adityanath case worrying

BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN CENSORSHIP |26/11/2017

Since the proceedings involve the CM and serious criminal allegations against him, public interest surely outweighs concerns about inaccurate reporting?

 

IFFI begins, minus Nude and S Durga

BY MANJULAA| IN CENSORSHIP |19/11/2017

The directors are indignant at their films being dropped but the reasons are somewhat more complicated than simple ‘censorship’.

 

Film tribunal’s rulings: good, bad and arbitrary

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN CENSORSHIP |16/11/2017

The FCAT is doing a good job of overruling the CBFC’s bizarre diktats but it could be less arbitrary about its own orders

 

Will Nihalani exit spell reprieve for docu film makers?

BY GEETA SESHU| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/08/2017

Nihalani leaves behind a harsh legacy of unresolved court cases filed by documentary film-makers who made politically dissenting films.

 

Visual tales born out of conflict

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/06/2017

All three films not permitted to be shown at the short film festival in Kerala which is currently under way, are now on YouTube. Did the GOI really feel threatened by these

 

Now, bans at Kerala’s Short Film Festival

BY MUHAMMED SABITH| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/06/2017

The I&B Ministry stops three movies tackling JNU, Rohith Vemula and Kashmir from being screened.

 

NDTV ban: both selective and illegal

BY RAJESH SINHA| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |05/11/2016

The channel stands accused of revealing “sensitive strategic information” when an operation was in progress. But does the charge stick and if so does it apply only to NDTV?

 

The paradoxes of censorship

BY NIVEDITA MENON, SIDDHARTH NARAIN| IN CENSORSHIP |14/12/2015

How does one turn to the state to censor when an image does not have a single meaning, when the intention of the author is not fully known, and when the reception is multiple?

 

 

The army is totally out of line

BY THE HOOT| IN CENSORSHIP |14/11/2015

“Would the Assam Rifles dare extend the same order to ‘national’ media houses?”

 

Institutional sanction for censorship

IN CENSORSHIP |04/02/2015

In the AIB case, the government's 'swacch sanskruti' efforts seeks to use the law to impose its idea of a 'decent' society.

 

Naga editor's book banned by tribal body

BY SUBIR BHAUMIK| IN CENSORSHIP |21/11/2014

Upset with Monalisa Changkija's new book, the tribal body Ao Senden has banned it.

 

Whither Parrikar govt's sense of humour?

BY Frederick Noronha| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |09/08/2014

First it criminalized dissent on social media, now it seeks to regulate 'tiatr', Goa's traditional satirical performances

 

Private censorship and the right to hear

BY Chinmayi Arun| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |17/07/2014

Very little recourse is available against publishers or intermediaries if these private parties censor an author's content unreasonably,

 

Killing us softly : Soft censorship in the media

IN CENSORSHIP |16/06/2014

Soft censorship promotes positive coverage of and punishes media outlets that criticizeâ€"officials or their actions.

 

Rescuing unauthorised biographies

BY PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU| IN DEFAMATION |21/04/2014

Once the SC has created a right of privacy over all events not in the public record, it opens the door to censorship of any reporting on such events.

 

Outlawing the reporting of a 'bandh'

IN OPINION |27/11/2013

The Assam government's move to penalize the media for covering a bandh is ill-advised and must be dropped forthwith,

 

Resisting Censorship: Kolkata screening of 'Musalmaner Katha'

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |08/10/2013

The struggle to protect the right to show and speak about truths uncomfortable for the State is an ongoing one,

 

Censorship of online media â€" a timeline

IN |17/06/2013

There have been several instances of censorship of online media in India since 1999. Here’s a list :

 

MIB's arbitrary bans

BY apar gupta| IN LAW AND POLICY |07/06/2013

The grounds in the Content Code under which actions are taken are not clearly defined. This inheres a lack of limitation in application of many of the grounds.

 

90 per cent increase in content removal requests from India, says Google

IN MEDIA FREEDOM|28/04/2013

What does the seventh Google Transparency Report tell us that we don't already know?

 

Covering vigilante censorship

BY R A RAVISHANKAR|IN MEDIA PRACTICE|23/12/2012

Does journalistic balance demand construction of a false equivalence between proponents of a violent religious nationalism and those of a secular worldview,

 

Cybercensorship: GOI's take down requests increase

IN CENSORSHIP|02/07/2011

Defamation and national security are top of the list of reasons for government requests to take down content on the search engine,

 

Sibal's sabre-rattling against online freedom!

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/12/2011

In May this year, the Union government was forced to issue a press release that it would not be heavy-handed in censoring intermediaries nor would it acquire regulatory jurisdiction over content.

 

Cybercensorship: GOI's take down requests increase

IN CENSORSHIP |02/07/2011

Defamation and national security are top of the list of reasons for government requests to take down content on the search engine,

 

Why we need a Free Speech Hub

IN |02/04/2010

It will resist censorship of the media and culture by political, religious, corporate or any other forces.

 

After Anupam Kher’s exit

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |17/10/2004

The real issue before us is the urgent need to review the Censorship laws under the Cinematograph Act as well as the functioning of the CBFC

 

Resisting censorship

BY ninan| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |12/10/2003

India has far less Internet surveillance and censorship that many other countries in the world. Its society is admirably censorship-resistant.

 

 

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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

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