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The Sway of Censorship

The Sway of Censorship A G Noorani IT is remarkable how confidently the state in India proceeds to stop the flow of information to the citizen. It is too brazen for words. The inconvenience, let alone the injustice, is not even attempted to be minimised. The recent case of the film 'Maficha Sakshidar', virtually a documentary of the Pune killings, provides a telling illustration. Its shooting began on April 17, 1980 and the film was completed in August 1983. The Examining and Revising Committees of the Board of Film Censors gave it an 'A' certificate without any cuts. The Revising and Re- Revising Committees saw it five times and refused a certificate in December 1983. A revised version was submitted in April 1984. But, once again, a certificate was refused. That was in December 1984. The producer, Hiralal Shah, thereupon moved the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal set up by the 1981 amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The amendments came into force in 1983 and the Tribunal was set up on June 1,

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