Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Topic: Censorship

Bombay HC order on IT Rules is a start. But its critical eye has missed a greater threat

The order made strong observations on how Rule 9 curtails freedom of speech. However, it did not address the constitutionality of other provisions.

And, cut! — Modi govt’s new cinema bill a ‘super censor’. And Netflix no longer an oasis

From Haider to Tandav, India is no stranger to the ‘invisible hand’ in films and content. But the new Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill takes it a step further.

This Urdu newspaper was banned after criticising General Dyer. Here’s what it did next

In ‘Print and the Urdu Public’, Megan Eaton Robb writes about the impact and role of popular Urdu newspaper Madinah and how it pushed back against censorship.

Putin finds ally in China’s TikTok in crackdown on anti-govt content

TikTok, under increasing pressure to remove anti-govt posts in Russia, has won praise from Russian officials who say it’s more willing than some other companies to remove content.

Hashtag calling for PM Modi’s resignation blocked ‘by mistake’, says Facebook

The development comes amid reports that social media companies are being asked to remove posts that are critical of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The unconstitutionality at the heart of the government’s Twitter block order

The rules to implement the Section 69A of the Information Technology Act go against the basic principles of natural justice.

For OTT platforms in India, Tandav blurs the line between self-regulation and censorship

By apologising and cutting out scenes from Amazon Prime web series Tandav, the makers have set a precedent for the OTT industry in India.

Chomsky versus Tata row disrupts Mumbai LitFest

A talk by Noam Chomsky and journalist Vijay Prashad at Mumbai LitFest was cancelled on 20 November as they sought to take on event sponsor Tata Group.

Chinese app helps users bypass Great Firewall to access FB, Google, and then disappears

The Tuber browser, backed by Chinese cybersecurity giant 360 Security Technology, appeared to provide the users the ability to legally visit overseas websites & social media platforms.

No beef, no witches — Left and Right-wingers fight to control how children read, watch, think

We blame the Right wing for most demands for censorship or banning, but evidence shows Left liberals are equally guilty in trying to control children’s content.

On Camera


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.


HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.