Monday, September 26, 2005

Film Censorship Storm Brews in India

[From The Telegraph, Calcutta, India]

NEW DEHLI -- A row is brewing over possible Indian government censorship, with filmmakers questioning the proposed guidelines for entries to film festivals and national film awards.

The country's information and broadcasting ministry set up a committee to formulate a list of proposed guidelines for films.

Part of the committee's proposals, in brief:

The ministry would retain the right to exempt films from censor board certification. There could be three main grounds for denial of exemption:
• The film is a threat to national security.
• It could cause a law and order problem.
• It offends human sensibilities.



LibraryTavern Liz said...

This comment goes with one of your links, rather than with the post it's under:

You might want to re-think your admiration for Reporters Without Borders:

The ZenFo Pro said...

LOL...well, figured somebody'd dislike it. RSF has gotten a bad rap for unconfirmed reports by folks like those at CounterPunch.

CounterPunch has a blatant agenda - its slogan of "we've got the right enemies" might as well be a banner ad flashing "We're a rumor mill."

I put about as much credibility there as I do with other gossip sites like the Drudge Report or Gawker. Who knows how much is actually true or just progressive (as opposed to conservative) propaganda?

The article also appears in at least one other online publication, Gramna - a sactioned publication of the Communist Party of Cuba. Who was cutting the checks when she was freelancing?

Diana Barahona refers to herself as a "freelance journalist" yet lists only her membership in a union and the fact that she's been to South America to establish her credibility. Without any sort of legitimate credibility, she's nothing more than a woman with an ax to grind, offering no real solutions.

Take a look at the RSF publication - regardless of its founder's intent or political bias, the publication is professionally written by journalists and media scholars from across the spectrum. And sure, its sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry. Big deal. Helping liberate people on the other side of the information gap and combat censorship is so much more important than any particular political ideology.