Revision Schedule for Prelims 2017
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The Information and Broadcasting Ministry set up a committee under filmmaker Shyam Benegal to review the film certification process
In February 2013, the UPA govt. appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal to head a committee to examine issues of certification under the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Precisely the same thing.
Why appoint another committee to do the same work?
It also suggested five categories for film certification as the existing two categories were insufficient.
A new form of classification of films:
These categories reflect similar categories followed in many other countries.
Yes, the government needs to remember that the job of the CBFC is to certify films and not to censor them
These are not the things one can sit down in judgement over, at least so easily.
It would have been simpler to accept Mudgal Committee suggestions rather than asking another committee to go over the same ground unless the purpose is to use this to push these issues under the carpet once again. Finally, cinema is the mirror of society and reflection of what society is!
Keep track as the draft law gets released. Celebrity endorsement can be asked as an ethical issue in GS-4.
The narrative circle:
What are the Board’s objections?
Relevance of the objections:
The ‘religion’ in India:
Religion or homosexuality: where does the problem lie?
Looking through different lenses:
The op-ed has good points to incorporate in your essay/ answer on censorship. Know about CBFC for Prelims.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC):
Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they are certified by the Board, including films shown on television
Know about the arguments from mains perspective. The issue of livelihoods v/s obscenity is important here for ethics.
Not directly important for exam but can be a point in prevention of sexual abuse.
Despite the impeccable credentials of the Censor Board revamp panel some questions.
What happens to Mudgal report, raised more questions?
The committee would also look into the CBFC’s staffing pattern so as to recommend a framework for efficient, transparent and user-friendly services.
ISPAI has written to DoT saying its members will continue to block the 857 URLs mentioned in a govt note, till they receive clearer directions.
Internet Service Providers Association (ISPAI) is the main lobby group for the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
What do they seek clarity on?
The ISPs don’t have mechanism to check the content, as the same is dynamic in nature, hence we request your good self to advise us immediately the further course of action in this regard. Till your further directive, the ISPs are keeping said 857 URLs disabled.
What do you think? What’s the fine balance at stake here? Right to Privacy vs. Societal Ethics? What is the larger implication?