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The movie is blocked, but it’s not going away: How BBC documentary on Modi is causing tension in India
India

The movie is blocked, but it’s not going away: How BBC documentary on Modi is causing tension in India

The now-blocked BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi, ‘India: The Modi Question’, has caused high drama across the country. Congress’s Anil K Antony, son of AK Antony, quit the party over the movie. Students across colleges such as JNU, University of Hyderabad, have defied the Centre's diktat on it

Explained: The ‘emergency powers’ used by India to block BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi
India

Explained: The ‘emergency powers’ used by India to block BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi

The government has directed YouTube and Twitter to take down links to the BBC documentary, 'India: The Modi Question', which revisits PM Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Under emergency provisions of the IT Rules, 2021, it can block content ‘detrimental' to India

The British monarchy has always controlled how much the public sees of it. Will King Charles III change that?
World

The British monarchy has always controlled how much the public sees of it. Will King Charles III change that?

Censorship and royal control are not uncommon. The same can be expected at Charles III's coronation. The royal family's success is dependent on the palace's careful curation of their image, as well as their ongoing battle with the media over what can and cannot be shown

US Education Department investigates removal of LGBTQ books
World

US Education Department investigates removal of LGBTQ books

Censorship efforts have ranged from local communities such as Orange County, Florida, where the graphic novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir” was removed from high school shelves and a Tennessee school board’s pulling Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel “Maus,” to statewide initiatives

Internal 'Twitter Files' released by Elon Musk details censorship and suppression of information at Twitter
World

Internal 'Twitter Files' released by Elon Musk details censorship and suppression of information at Twitter

The 51-year-old, who has vowed to turn Twitter into a platform of free speech, had been teasing the release of the internal files for several days

As Beijing rages over Taiwan, mood on China's streets muted
World

As Beijing rages over Taiwan, mood on China's streets muted

China's tight grip over the internet, with a massive system of censorship that scrubs posts casting the Communist Party's policies in a negative light, has limited public debate over just how far Beijing should go in its showdown over Taiwan

Top Gun, Thor and other big budget Hollywood movies finally giving China the cold shoulder – know why
World

Top Gun, Thor and other big budget Hollywood movies finally giving China the cold shoulder – know why

Over the years multiple Hollywood films have been banned in China if they did not meet country's censorship standards. However, it seems the tides have changes with big budget Hollywood flicks actually deciding to refrain from releasing in Chinese markets

Explained: The significance of Margaret Atwood's 'unburnable' edition of The Handmaid’s Tale
Arts & Culture

Explained: The significance of Margaret Atwood's 'unburnable' edition of The Handmaid’s Tale

As a symbol against censorship and book bans, Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood announced an ‘unburnable’ edition of her most famous work, The Handmaid’s Tale

China reinforces tight control over deadliest plane crash mystery; authorities enforce strict censorship
World

China reinforces tight control over deadliest plane crash mystery; authorities enforce strict censorship

China Eastern flight MU5375 was travelling from Kunming to Guangzhou last month when it inexplicably plunged from an altitude of 29,000 feet into a mountainside, killing all 132 people on board

Before Fight Club, here's how China has imposed alternate endings on Hollywood and Hong Kong movies
Entertainment

Before Fight Club, here's how China has imposed alternate endings on Hollywood and Hong Kong movies

Over the years, a number of Western movies and television shows — including Men in Black 3, Cloud Atlas, and Pirates of the Caribbean — have been altered in China before they were shown to local audiences.

Explained: Hong Kong proposes changes to film censorship law, expands ongoing crackdown on political dissent
Entertainment

Explained: Hong Kong proposes changes to film censorship law, expands ongoing crackdown on political dissent

On Tuesday, Hong Kong authorities unveiled a new hardened censorship law which would cover any titles that had previously been given a green light.

'The govt has no role to play in film certification': Shyam Benegal speaks about proposed changes to Cinematograph Act
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'The govt has no role to play in film certification': Shyam Benegal speaks about proposed changes to Cinematograph Act

Shyam Benegal said filmmakers' concerns over the Centre's proposal to amend the Cinematograph Act are "natural".

Explained: Why film industry is rallying against proposed amendments to Cinematograph Act
Entertainment

Explained: Why film industry is rallying against proposed amendments to Cinematograph Act

The I&B Ministry had sought suggestions for Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by 2 July. A letter with 3,000 signatories from the Indian film industry has opposed the proposed amendments.

Why pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily is likely to shut down 'in a matter of days'
World

Why pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily is likely to shut down 'in a matter of days'

Politically, Apple Daily takes a pro-democracy and anti-China position and founder Jimmy Lai has repeatedly found himself on the receiving end of Chinese ire

Hong Kong govt to ban films that 'endanger national security' or question state's methods
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Hong Kong govt to ban films that 'endanger national security' or question state's methods

The Hong Kong government now have the power to ban films from exhibition to “prevent or suppress any act or activity endangering national security,” it said in a statement.

Oscars 2021: Sidestepping media blackout, China fans use internet tactics to hail Chloe Zhao's historic win for Nomadland
Entertainment

Oscars 2021: Sidestepping media blackout, China fans use internet tactics to hail Chloe Zhao's historic win for Nomadland

While Chinese reporters working at state-controlled news outlets were ordered weeks ago to refrain from covering the Oscars altogether, Zhao's fans bypassed censorship by blurring out the director and the film's names, writing backward and turning images on their side.

Italian film censorship abolished, state controls and interventions 'definitively ended', announces culture minister
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Italian film censorship abolished, state controls and interventions 'definitively ended', announces culture minister

In a "historic step for Italian cinema," the filmmakers will from now on classify their own movies based on the age of the audience.

Dropped Ai Weiwei photo, missed Oscar 2021 broadcast spur censorship fears in Hong Kong
Arts & Culture

Dropped Ai Weiwei photo, missed Oscar 2021 broadcast spur censorship fears in Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have taken a tougher stance on opposition following Beijing’s imposition of a national security law on the city, arresting prominent pro-democracy activists and participants in anti-government protests in 2019.

Contemplating 'some action' on OTT regulation, says Centre; SC asks to file response within six weeks
Entertainment

Contemplating 'some action' on OTT regulation, says Centre; SC asks to file response within six weeks

"Digital media has surely given a way out for filmmakers to release their content without being worried about getting clearance certificates for their films and series from the censor board,” the plea seeking OTT regulation said.

Regulatory setup for media in India: An evaluation of fault lines in media regulation today
India

Regulatory setup for media in India: An evaluation of fault lines in media regulation today

The kind of direct governmental regulations for news platforms should be less focused on regulating journalists’ conduct, and more about protecting their speech