After a new notification issued by the central government, OTT platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar and several others will now be regulated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B Ministry). Effective immediately, the order brings all platforms back to the ministry, led by Prakash Javadekar.
According to the notification issued on November 9, the president signed the order to include current affairs, digital news and film content under the authority of the I&B department.
“In Indian Government Rules (Distribution of Business), 1961, in the second listing under ‘Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’ after entry 22, the following subtitle and entries are inserted, namely: visual programs made available by online content providers; news and current affairs content on online platforms, “reads the notification of Tuesday, November 9,” indicates the government notification.
The government issues an ordinance for the uploading of films and audiovisual programs, as well as news and current affairs content online under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. pic.twitter.com/MoJAjW8fUH
– ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2020
The Indian Express spoke with notable names in the film industry, who expressed disappointment with the government’s new order. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta recounted Indian Express, “While this decision was not unexpected, it is still a cause for despair. This desperation for control of freedom of speech and expression does not bode well. I am currently very disappointed. “
Alankrita Shrivastava Whose Sex-Focused Movie Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare recently aired on Netflix, said, “I don’t know the details of the new ruling. But we have always lived with censorship in the theatrical and audiovisual space. It is a legacy of the British that we should have ignored long ago. I think the idea of censorship itself is problematic for me regardless of the medium. As a filmmaker working in a free and democratic country, I believe there should be no censorship in any medium. I think adult citizens who are eligible to vote should be allowed to watch whatever they want on the big screen or on their phones and computers. I think age certification of content is good, but content censorship is not. Because censoring movies and stories is like censoring thoughts. “
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