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I&B trains its gun on movie channels over censor certificate

10-August-2002
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I&B trains its gun on movie channels over censor certificate

The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry is now training its guns on the various cable and satellite movie channels, which are beaming films without any Censor certificate.

According to sources, I&B Ministry was seeking legal advice on the issue of broadcasting such films, which do not have a Censor Board certificate.

According to ministry sources, the Programme Code of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 clearly states that no programme should be carried in the cable service, which contravenes the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. And the Cinematograph Act relates to certification of cinematograph films for exhibition and for regulating exhibitions.

Ministry officials said that the various movie channels were airing foreign films without the mandatory certificate. Many of these channels are not beamed from India, therefore I&B ministry will have to see the legal aspects before taking any action.

According to Star, the English movies are not censored in India. These movies go through the company's standards and practices (S&P) department before they are beamed into the Indian households.

The issue of censorship has been raked up after Mr Vijay Anand resigned from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on the issue of reclassification censorship.

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