Netflix and Amazon to face censorship threat in India



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Netflix and Amazon to face censorship threat in India

On Thursday, the 17th of October 2019, a senior Indian govt. official had unveiled that the government of PM Narendra Modi of Bhartiya Janata Party had been drawing up a plan to impose critical censorship on US-based online streaming platforms likes of Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Prime Video alongside media streaming pioneer Netflix Inc.

In point of fact, according to India’s mass media legislations, film and TV contents are subject to censorship, but online streaming platforms are free from such kind of governance which in effect had raised concerns over the recent months about some contents which directly insulted religious values and sentiments, while there had been reports of several court cases filed against the media streaming titans, the senior government official told on condition of anonymity.

Although, growing concerns over streaming media contents hurting values of Indian people had stoked Netflix and Hotstar to sign a self-regulation code in January, adding that the code would not be sufficient to get around a stiffer censorship law ahead, the senior government official said on Thursday (October 17th), “The self-regulation isn’t the same for all, which is raising a concern ... the directions are clear, we have to see how to address the problems. ”