The government’s move to bring ott platforms under the I and B ministry

first_imgState control is increasing day by day in every field. Therefore moving ott platforms under the I and B ministry wasn’t much of a surprise. But this is definitely very unfortunate. With the framework of age classification, content descriptions and parental control in combination with grievance redressal system, ott platforms have made it easier for consumers to make the right viewing decisions for themselves and their families. Moreover, restrictions limit the work of creation. Let me explain this to you with an example, “The birth of Venus” is one of the most famous nude arts of the world by Sandra Botticelli, do you think if censorship would’ve prevailed, the painting would’ve gained so much recognition? Web series and documentaries are often been made on a lot of Political and Economic issues which have seldom been covered by movies and TV due to censorship in place. The best example would be of “Delhi Crime” which covers such an important event in the history of India, and Delhi Crime has won the Emmys’ by the way! Other examples include Jamantra, Criminal justice etc. Censored content wouldn’t be able to address the issue as effectively.Also, this is the desperation of control of free speech without the freedom of speech the liberty of thought would shrivel. Ott platforms have often chosen to produce movie and documentaries on Politically sensitive but relevant topics. So is the government trying to tuck away their own doings in the name of “people’s interests”? Is the government trying to push their public in dark by censoring the truth?I would like to end with a short yet very powerful quote “ a guilty conscience needs no accuser”.last_img