Filmmakers, academics and civil society concerned about Cinematograph Amendment Bill
A group of filmmakers, academics, researchers, programmers, students, technicians, lawyers and civil society have raised concerns at the proposed “Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021” which among other things, seeks to confer power on the Central Government to revoke a Film Censor Certificate….
However, many of the changes proposed by the bill are being seen as problematic. Filmmakers have alleged that the proposed Amendment undermines the sovereignty of the Censor Board as it will effectively give the Central Government supreme power over cinema exhibition in the country potentially endangering freedom of expression and democratic dissent.
“This will also render filmmakers powerless at the hands of the state and vulnerable to threats, vandalism, and intimidation of mob censors”, the signatories say.