Censorship

Madras High Court issues notice in petition challenging the Intermediary Rules 2021 by T. M. Krishna

Madras High issued notice on a writ petition by T.M. Krishna challenging the Intermediary Rules 2021.

Delhi Government’s gag order on information on mucormycosis

Recently, the Delhi Government issued a notification prohibiting anyone from sharing any information on mucormycosis without the prior permission of the Government. IFF has sent the Government a legal notice urging it to rescind this overbroad order.

MEITY has no legal basis to ask social media platforms to remove content in middle of India's COVID crisis!

MEITY has written letters to social media platforms. These letters ask platforms to remove content. We write to MEITY asking them to withdraw these letters as they do not have a legal basis and they curb speech.

Indore Collector's welcome response - problematic paragraph repealed

Today, in a major victory for online free speech, the Collector, Indore issued an order repealing paragraph 7 of Indore's 144 order, and replacing it with clearer language, prohibiting only posts "that pose a danger to public peace, law and order, and health of the public"

Indore administration curbs speech on social media

Indore administration issued an over-broad order under Section 144(1) CrPC, 1973 banning speech related to Covid-19 on social media platforms. We have filed an application before the Collector, Indore seeking withdrawal of the Order.

MEITY responds to our representation to unblock Twitter accounts. Confirms orders and denies disclosure.

In February, we had written to MeitY with regards to the blocking of Twitter accounts. MeitY responded to us recently, saying that they did nothing wrong. We have written back to the Ministry this week explaining how they are constitutionally required to disclose the blocking orders.

Tandav is a Case Study for OTT censorship under the IT Rules, 2021 #LetUsChill

Documents accessed through RTI paint a grim picture for creativity and diversity of content for online streaming platforms in India.

#LetUsChill: Confusion and Opacity over OTT guidelines

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting may be considering regulating online content on Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms. We wrote a letter to the Ministry, in which we detailed potential harms, asked for clarity, and requested a thorough implementation of the pre-legislative consultation policy.

Indian Kanoon defends the right to provide access to court records

In response to a petition filed before the Kerala HC, Indian Kanoon has clarified that a right to be forgotten cannot be judicially created without a statutory basis and explained that court records are public documents whose reproduction cannot be prohibited by citing the right to privacy.

IFF intervenes in Madras HC PIL seeking censorship on online streaming platforms #LetUsChill

In the impleadment application, we have cautioned against judicial intervention at this stage because OTT regulation is a complex and technical issue best addressed through legislative and policy making processes involving extensive stakeholder consultation.