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Netflix and Amazon face is the censorship threat in India: source

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India is considering a possible censure on the streaming platforms such as Netflix (NFLX.O) and Amazon (AMZN.(O) Prime, a Video, a senior government source told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Traffic moves on a path along the image of Netflix’s new tv series, “Sacred Games”, Mumbai, India, on July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

During the movie, and certification bodies are already heavy public service content in India, with the country’s laws do not allow censorship of its content to the increasingly popular online streaming platforms.

The government has been sparked by several court cases and complaints filed with the police department in the past few months, the fact that some of the content that is obscene, libelous, or insulting religious feelings, ” said the official, who have direct knowledge of the discussions.

Even though the concern about the possible censorship that had been requested from Netflix, as well as Indian rival Hotstar-to draw a self-regulation code, in October, Amazon is no sign, and said, “the current laws are sufficient”.

“Self-regulation is not the same for all, and that is to raise it as a problem, and the instructions are clear, we’ll have to see how to deal with the problems,” the official said.

Netflix is the first Indian-the original series, “Sacred Games,” is facing a court challenge last year over the “offensive scenes” and making derogatory comments about the former Indian prime minister, but the case was later dismissed.

Also, there was a police complaint filed last month by an Indian politician, who has been accused of some Netflix shows, from “defaming Hindus”. It is unclear whether or not this will get a Mumbai police spokesman had no immediate comment on Thursday.

All of which raised concern in the government and asked for talks between India’s Information & Broadcasting, and government ministries in an attempt to come up with an acceptable regulatory framework for the content of these channels.

While it is possible for the government to decide against a regulation, and a number of other options that can be explored with the government, the source said.

They are equipped with a self-regulation code, without any interference from the government, and a government-controlled code, or actions taken which are various to obtain the approval of the content in advance.

Neither department responded immediately to requests for comment.

The official said there were also concerns about differences in the way that some of the content that has appeared on a variety of mediums. Smoking scenes in Bollywood movies from Amazon and Netflix, for example, in India, it does not carry the mandatory anti-tobacco text alerts.

“The rules of procedure, all of the (broad) content is to be sanitized for the indian market – a massive, expensive, and time-consuming exercise,” said Prasanto Roy, a New Delhi-technology-policy analyst that advises global technology companies.

Netflix and Amazon are producing more and more original, local content to gain viewers in India, where there is a rise in the use of mobile internet and smart phones to support the demand for the services they provide.

Netflix, which last year said that India can give to the next 100 million subscribers, recently rolled out a monthly mobile data-only plan in India for 199 rupees ($2.80), which is less than half the price of the cheapest standard plan is 499 rupees.

The company said on Thursday that it was “very pleased” with the way in which the cell plan has been carried out in India and spread to other markets as well.

Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Euan Rocha and David Goodman

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