Lift the ban on Vishwaroopam.  Sign and Share with Friends.
  • Petitioned Shri Pranab Mukherjee

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President of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Lift the ban on Vishwaroopam. Sign and Share with Friends.

    1. pavithra selvam
    2. Petition by

      pavithra selvam

      chennai, India

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February 2013

Victory

From Pavithra Selvam: Following enormous pressure from the public, the government of TN facilitated dialogues between the affected parties. A consensus was reached following which the ban was lifted.

This is important because banning a piece of art based on speculation or threats by groups with various ulterior motives is unfair and goes against the very fabric of a democratic society. If the Islamist groups and the film maker have reached a consensus, there is no reason why a state should interfere in this matter.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that Freedom of Speech is the right of every human being. Since India is party to this Declaration, it is the duty of the President of India to uphold this. It is not just Kamal Hassan's right to expression that is at stake here. It is also the rights of all Indian citizens who are unable to access the film, that is being denied.

For Reference:
What does The Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights state?

1. Freedom of expression is the right to speak

It is the right to voice political, cultural, social and economic opinions
It is the right to dissent
It makes electoral democracy meaningful and builds public trust in administration.


2. Freedom of expression is freedom of the press

It is the right of a free and independent media to report without fear, interference, persecution or discrimination
It is the right to provide knowledge, give voice to the marginalised and to highlight corruption
It creates an environment where people feel safe to question government action and to hold power accountable.

3. Freedom of expression is the right to know

It is the right to access all media, internet, art, academic writings, and information held by government
It is the right to use when demanding rights to health, to a clean environment, to truth and to justice
It holds governments accountable for their promises, obligations and actions, preventing corruption which thrives on secrecy.

Recent signatures

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    1. Tamil Nadu government speaks out

      pavithra selvam
      Petition Organiser

      There is a glimmer of hope now :)

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. We are almost there! 7 more signatures.

      pavithra selvam
      Petition Organiser

      We have sent almost 1000 emails to the official email id of the President of India asking him to lift the ban on Vishwaroopam. Thanks for your overwhelming support! This is truly phenomenal! Big Love to all of you :)

    4. 900!

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    5. 800!

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    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. 650 signatures!

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    8. 550 Signatures and counting

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      People power is here :)

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. 450 signatures.

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      Not very far from the half century mark now, are we? :) Please share!

    11. 400 signatures!

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      Armchair Democracy For the Win!

    12. Reached 300 signatures!

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      Let us do this!

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. 200 and counting! :)

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      Come on!

    15. 175 supporters

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      Petition Organiser

      Exciting times! :)

    16. 150 Supporters and counting

      pavithra selvam
      Petition Organiser

      We've achieved this in a matter of 3 hours without any advertising or external push. It's people power! Wow! Let's work towards achieving the 1000 signature mark! Share with your friends now and spread the word of peace and liberty.

    17. We've reached 100 signatures!

      pavithra selvam
      Petition Organiser

      Thank you. Please share with your friends and help us release this movie.

    18. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sithananthan Lakshmanan PUDUCHERRY, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Freedom of Speech and i'm a kamal fan

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    • T ISHWARYA INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I love Kamal Hassan

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • hanif hayyan KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
      • about 1 year ago

      settle real issue 1st

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
      • about 1 year ago

      Dont wnant to destroy once dream project.

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    • ASHIQ MIANDAD CHENNAI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      coz true artist must be respected

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