Netflix, Please reconsider your decision to self censor content in India

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Netflix is supporting censorship in India.

Economic Times reported earlier that Internet And Mobile Association of India has led the process of 9 Video On Demand platforms creating a self censorship code. As per the code, these platforms including Netflix and Hostar will not show content which disrespects the national emblem or national flag, content which deliberately and maliciously intends to outrage religious sentiments of any class, section or community, banned content and Content which deliberately and maliciously promotes or encourages terrorism and other forms of violence against the State (of India) or its institutions.

This means doom for Freedom of Expression in India, which is already a slippery slope, especially for creative persons such as writers, lyricists, rappers, actors etc.

Whats worse - they have sought Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology to play an active role in this - as per the code, they can forward complaints to the grievance redressal departments instituted by these 9 companies. 

Netflix has done this, despite the Indian IT Ministry standing up for them in the Delhi High Court.  In a matter pertaining to Netflix show Sacred Games, the IT Ministry filed an affidavit stating, that additional regulation of Video on Demand players, over and above the existing provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000 would amount to a violation of constitutional rights of Indian users. 

This code of self censorship is bad for Indian artists, content creators, and paying Indian consumers. Indian consumers do not need to be patronized. I urge Netflix to abandon this plan.