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Indian censorship in danger of boiling over as OTT leaders unite

Something strange is brewing in India. You may have seen reports surfacing from Asia Pacific this week concerning a number of OTT video service providers coming together to sign a self-regulated content agreement – essentially a private censorship reform for which the group are now seeking government endorsement. Should a similar state of affairs occur in North America or Europe, there would be widespread outrage. Indeed, the US has the unraveling of net neutrality while Europe has the controversial censorship reform Article 13, but neither threaten to apply the firm hand of restriction so deeply at the content level. Specifically, the Indian initiative outlines “best practice” for providers of OTT-delivered content, pertaining to the censorship of any religious blasphemy, promotion…

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