Censorship and Creative Freedom: Since Independence to OTT Era – By Parvathi Sajiv
In several states, FIRs were recently registered against the makers and actors of Tandav, Amazon Prime Video’s latest political drama series. This was following complaints against the inappropriate depiction of the UP Police Personnel and the character playing the role of Prime Minister in the show. This is one of the examples of outrage against content in the media.
Exercising freedom of speech has become difficult. The instances of the recent Tanishq Advertisement, the Padmavati row, or even the arrest of several journalists and student activists are cases that are fresh in everyone’s memory.
In its many forms, Censorship seems to have proliferated further, actively by people or forcibly, by political institutions, into the lives of Indian citizens. We see a flurry of tweets calling content creators ‘anti-national’, ‘seditious’, or even ‘anti-India.’…