Law & Governance

PIL Alleges OTT Abusing Right To Expression

BP World Bureau | Oct 16 2020 11:24:28 AM
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NEW DELHI: Public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court has alleged that over-the-top or streaming platforms are exploiting the right to expression as they do not have an institution to monitor and manage what comes in those platforms. 

The apex court sought a response from the Union government.

PIL, filed by advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha, also added that none of the OTT/streaming platforms has signed the self-regulation provided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since February.

Jha's PIL said that lack of censoring in OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Disney+Hotstar, made the writers, directors, and producers experiment limitless due to which there has been more violence, sex scenes, obscene language, and smoking on-screen without disclaimer. 

SC bench with Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the Union government, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Internet and the Mobile Association of India.