Tuesday, 29 November, 2022
TopicCensorship

Topic: Censorship

Dark tale of China’s sci-fi industry — how to remain on the right side of CCP’s censorship

It doesn't matter that the plot of a sci-fi book or film is fictitious, the CCP wants to ensure that the imagination of writers and filmmakers doesn’t run amok.

‘A’ in Rajasthan but ‘U/A’ in Kerala: Film-makers want censorship to be sensitivity-centric

Representatives from various film bodies held a meeting with I&B Ministry to suggest changes in India's film certification process, including keeping pace with OTT.

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.

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Former Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa | ISPR/Twitter

On my last day as Pakistan Army Chief, I leave Asim Munir with bigger problems than my billions

Does Indian Army Chief Gen Pande have no interest in making CPEC, cheese pizza economic corridor? I suggest him this corridor against China. Learn from us.
Representational image of workers at a construction site | ANI

GDP data this week will indicate FY23 outlook. But analysis shows growth still below pre-Covid yrs

Analysis of industrial & consumer data not included in usual ‘high-frequency indicators’ shows although demand seems to have recovered from pandemic, it remains weak.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.