According to the latest news government of India, soon will start meeting the OTT communication players, the reason behind this meeting is the censorship and regulation of online streaming content. It is believed that this action is being taken place because of the Netflix show names Leila.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt of India will start meeting with the representatives from Hotstar, Voot, ZEE5, Arre, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, Reliance Jio, Netflix and Eros Now, along with NGOs, lawyers, people from Google, Facebook and other digital media companies. During this meeting, the discussion which will take place is regarding the censorship of the content which is posted online and how can it be possible in India.
Netflix and Amazon, unlike the movies which are released in the cinema halls, don’t need a certification for the content which is being posted online. But soon all this will change as the I&B minister Prakash Javaderkar has confirmed that soon the meetings will begin and the discussion over the online certification of digital content will start too.
It is speculated that Leila a Netflix show could be the triggering point for the censorship of online content. As per the insider reports RSS and VHP, the right-wing Hindu Organisations are quite upset over the way the show Leila has portrayed the Hindu religion and its ritual and customs. They have described the show as Hindu phobic and believe that it is depicting Hindu traditions in a negative light.
A member of Sang Parivar also commented that “It represents ancient Hindu concepts such as Aryavarta and Shuddhikaran as oppressive and dictatorial, suppressing women and restricting their reproductive rights. Nowhere in Hindu scriptures will you find such an occurrence, which is why we raised concerns about the series being defamatory and insulting,”
Apart from Leila shows like The Final Call, Kafir and Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act are also considered to show content which is against anti-Hindu sentiments. About 9 PILS is currently read across various courts in India, including the Supreme Court. But in India, there is no law which states that the government can regulate the content which is posted digitally.