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(Assistant Professor)(Adjunct Faculty)Freedom of Speech vis a vis Film CensorshipFreedom of Speech vis a vis Film CensorshipIntroductionAll forms of entertainment, like films, the press, and social media, have been guaranteed constitutionalvalidity as per Article 19(1)(a), which provides all people of the country the right of free speech andexpression. This fundamental right remains unaffected by any limitations except under situations when agovernment authority might impose some reasonable restrictions in line with the reasons stated under Article19(2) of the Constitution.Censorship: definitionAny instance where an individual expresses his views or ideas, by mouth or in writing, and this expressionfaces filtration or restriction, it is an instance of censorship. The opinion, view, or idea can be expressed in apublic setting or in a location where can be seen and/or heard by the public, or by means of any electronicmode such as the press, online platforms, or movies. These opinions are of a nature as might cause publicmorality to be disrupted, promote obscenity, and destroy harmony. Censorship is applied by a publicauthority in order to prevent a person from expressing thoughts that could have detrimental consequences.Due to a lack of clarity in the provision of Article 19(1)(a) regarding the medium of communication of ideas,censorship is included under the right to freedom of speech and expression. Because fundamental rights arenot absolute, reasonable limitations constitute an impediment to exercising these rights.Censorship is a reasonable restriction imposed on the general public by authorised bodies in order to placerestrictions on the right to free speech. The limitations set forth in Article 19(2) of the Constitution can beused to impose censorship on the free expression of ideas, views, or beliefs.Article ReviewFilm CensorshipFilms are regarded as an excellent means of communicating with the general public. Films have undergone asea shift as a result ofthe advancement and development of society, as well as advances in science andtechnology, and have been easier to connect for the audience and contribute considerably to the country'ssocial and cultural development by using all available technologies. Films are thus associated with the press,which is similarly regarded as a powerful vehicle of communication. In terms of constitutional freedom withrespect to the expression of ideas and the dissemination of opinions and ideas, both the cinematic industryand the press have the same status and rights.
India is best described as a combination of diverse ethnic groups, races, and religious organisations that havemanaged to live in peace for the most part. They have similar forms of expression, whether literary, artistic,or cinematographic, and these expressions have been deemed objectionable to others in various instances.

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