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Censorship

Update on IFF’s Zombie Tracker

IFF, in collaboration with CivicDataLab, is building a “Zombie Tracker” to track cases under S. 66A, Information Technology Act, at the district level. S.66A of the IT Act is termed as a legal zombie since, even though it was declared unconstitutional in 2015, its use is ongoing.
08 July, 2020
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MeitY defends blocking of satirical Dowry Calculator website #FreeToMeme

MeitY's response to Tanul Thakur's petition against the blocking of his Dowry Calculator website demonstrates lack of understanding of satire and non compliance with principles of natural justice.
16 March, 2020
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Read our follow up letter to Justice A.P. Shah on self-censorship by Hotstar and the IAMAI’s self regulation code #LetUsChill

IFF has written to Justice AP Shah and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). In it we have expressed our concerns of self censorship by Hotstar and pressure by Government to get the entire online content industry to follow the IAMAI's Code for Self-Regulation.
13 March, 2020
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IFF writes to the Delhi Committee for Peace and Harmony on their social media crackdown #FreeToMeme

The Delhi Government constituted a Committee for Peace and Harmony to investigate hateful content and fake news over social media. As it stands it will enable over censorship and chilling effect. IFF has written a letter to the Committee’s chairperson along with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
07 March, 2020
4 min read

An open letter to Justice A.P. Shah on the online video self-regulatory code

We write a letter to Justice Shah placing our concerns on the online video streaming self-regulatory body that he has been reported to head.
12 February, 2020
2 min read

Online video streaming and TV are not the same. So why is the IAMAI trying to make it so?

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) launched a self-regulation code for online video streaming platforms. We have written to IAMAI asking them to roll it back since it is a precursor to self-censorship.
10 February, 2020
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Indian Journalists Union defends media's right to report on MeToo allegations

In the latest hearing in Subodh Gupta's defamation suit, IJU emphasized that news reports cannot be de-indexed without providing the journalists a hearing and argued there was a distinction between merely republishing defamatory allegations and reporting on them.
23 January, 2020
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Young Indians are mature enough to have a conversation on porn. Parliamentary Committee should invite further inputs.

We made submissions to the ad-hoc committee constituted to study the impact of porn on social media.
08 January, 2020
2 min read

A 'Certifiable' Dampener: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting wants certification of online viewing content.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting brings back into the discussion certification of online viewing content. We write on the need for a transparent and public consultation and highlight concerns with certification.
06 September, 2019
2 min read

Why is porn being blocked in India? #WhatTheBlock

RTI response from MeitY reveals that blocking of porn in India is a result of three court orders and ISPs have not been directed to pro-actively block porn websites.
25 July, 2019
4 min read

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