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A New Pair of Scissors: The Draft Cinematograph Bill 2010
ANJALI MONTEIRO and K P JAYASANKAR
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 45, No. 29 (JULY 17-23, 2010), pp. 19-21
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20764305
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The draft Cinematograph Bill, 2010 does not question the simplistic understanding of the media regarding censorship, nor is there any recognition of the fact that the modes of production and consumption of the media are no longer easily amenable to centralised control. This notion of censorship is inherently elitist, premised on the superior wisdom of the privileged few, including the members of the Central Board of Film Certification. There is no clear procedure or set of norms laid down for the selection of these guardians of decency and morality, either in the Cinematograph Act of 1952 or in the draft bill.
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