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I&B Ministry’s draft Cinematograph Bill 2021 proposes more powers for government to censor films

In a significant move to tighten censorship of films, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) is proposing a change in the Cinematograph Act to let the government review films that have already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification. The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021, which is mainly being positioned as a legislative step to punish film piracy more severely, proposes: Adding a provison to sub-section (1) of section 6 for granting revisionary powers to the Government on account of violation of Section 5B(1) of the Act: Since the provisions of Section 5B(1) are derived from Article 19(2) of the Constitution and are non-negotiable, it is also proposed in the Draft Bill to add a proviso to sub-section (1) of section 6 to the effect that on receipt of any references by the Central Government in respect of…

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