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Filmmakers circulate petition against changes to increase censorship of films

The petition also sought the reinstatement of the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal which was abolished by the government on April 4. Over 1,400 people in the film industry have circulated a petition against proposed changes to the Cinematograph Act that could increase censorship of films in India. The draft Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2021 would essentially give the government powers to send a certified film back to the Central Board of Film Certification for the latter to revise its decision if complaints are received against a film. "We recommend that the amendments giving powers to the Central Government to revoke a film certificate must be dropped. We agree with the spirit of the Supreme Court decision which held that this would violate the separation of powers in our democracy," the petition says. The Indian Express reports that the petition's signatories include Anurag…

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