Censorship Issues – Censor Board, Banning films, etc

Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are “indecent”


Mains Paper 2: Governance | mechanisms, laws, institutions & Bodies constituted for the protection & betterment of these vulnerable sections

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)

Mains level: Ban culture being imposed in name of culture

TV channels not to air advertisements selling and promoting condoms

  1. The government strictly asked TV channels not to air advertisements selling and promoting condoms
  2. Reason given that these are “indecent especially for children” and can create “unhealthy practices” among them
  3. Such advertisements may be telecast between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid exposure of such material to children
  4. Apart from this, indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements

Under which provision does this ban apply?

  1. The advisory invoked Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, banning an “advertisement which endangers the safety of children or create in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner.”

Why this move?

  1. The missive comes after the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) requested the ministry earlier this month to take a call on such ads and their telecast timing


Advertising Standards Council of India

  1. It is a self-regulatory voluntary organization of the Advertising Industry
  2. ASCI seeks to ensure that advertisement confirm to its Code for Self-Regulation
  3. Established in 1985, is committed to the cause of Self-Regulation in Advertising, ensuring the protection of the interests of consumers
  4. ASCI was formed with the support of all four sectors connected with Advertising, viz. Advertisers, Advertising Agencies, Media (including Broadcasters and the Press) and others like PR Agencies, Market Research Companies etc
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