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Censorship

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.
10 May, 2021
5 min read

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.
27 March, 2021
6 min read

#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.
04 February, 2021
3 min read

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.
05 January, 2021
3 min read

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.
15 December, 2020
4 min read

After Section 118A repeal important steps remain for the Government of Kerala

Read our proposals to the Government of Kerala to help avoid any overbroad or unnecessary criminalisation of online speech while also making sure abuse, threats or any of the harms that emerge on social media can be checked.
02 December, 2020
4 min read

Statement: Today’s notification on online news media and OTT platforms will require greater vigilance #LetUsChill

The Central Government has notified the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) as having jurisdiction over online news and also OTT video streaming platforms.
11 November, 2020
3 min read

Over 240 lawyers urge Twitter to re-instate Prashant Bhushan's tweets #FreeToMeme

Today, 243 lawyers including senior advocates wrote to Twitter Inc. seeking reinstatement of Mr. Prashant Bhushan's tweets which became the subject of contempt of court proceedings before the Supreme Court of India.
22 August, 2020
3 min read

NIFT's Social Media Policy, 2020 violates the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

We wrote to the Director General of NIFT as well as the Ministry of Textiles asking them to recall the policy which hampers the right to freedom of speech and expression of the students.
14 August, 2020
2 min read

Avoiding app bans with a nuanced policy approach #WhatTheBlock

The Government is looking to strengthen its stance on banning mobile apps. It is planning to come out with guidelines, flouting which any app can be banned. We feel that such wide scale banning operations undermine your digital rights. So, we wrote to them urging them to rethink the move.
04 August, 2020
4 min read

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