08 October 2018
Online Content May Be Subject To Censorship Norms After Bombay High Court Issues Notice To The Centre in a PIL
The freedom of expression enjoyed by web series makers on Platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Sony Liv etc. could soon be censored for showcasing inappropriate content. The Bombay High Court issued a notice to the Centre to set up a pre-screening panel for curbing nudity, violence and unsavoury language, besides monitoring ads before they go on air. The court was responding to a public interest litigation that accused Gandi Baat on ALTBalaji and Sacred Games on Netflix of carrying “vulgar content.” Sacred Games being one of the most popular web series in the country has taken the country by storm not only due to its captivating plot but also due to the strong languages, violence and nudity showcased in it. India’s over-the-top media market is growing at a CAGR of 23% and is likely to reach Rs 5,600 crore in revenues by 2022, according to PwC data but currently, there is an absence of regulation in the web broadcasting space unlike TV Broadcasting which is governed by strict norms under the codes and Regulations made by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India from time to time.