Government bans on TV won’t go away. They have been around for 12 years, and a sustained campaign against bans as a method of regulation is the only solution.
How did our durable democracy, with much more media on offer than several older democracies, get to this stage?
By writing about a court ruling allowing the photocopying of textbooks in David vs Goliath terms, the media may have missed the logic of copyright and the damage caused by its infringement.
The Kerala government ups the ante by going to court over its refusal to disclose details of cabinet meetings under RTI, copying its predecessor’s stand.
It tries to make its earlier regulation more nuanced by proposing three models of zero-rating without discriminatory tariffs.
Like earlier regulatory attempts, the draft Geospatial Bill is yet another response by the state to its bafflement about the Internet and how to govern it.
The Benegal panel recommends restricting the CBFC’s powers but, while welcome, this doesn’t go far enough. India’s 1952 law on films must also change.
The AAP has stepped in to pick up the whip which the Broadcasting Standards Authority should have cracked over the doctored JNU videos.
Using classification strategies to get legal sanction for new, controversial technologies is not unique or a one-off.
That’s the implication of a government form which insinuates that Urdu is the medium of expressing anti-national sentiments.