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Assessing the Track Record of India's Film Certification Appellate Tribunal

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In India, the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) was set up as a forum where filmmakers could challenge decisions of the state-run Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The FCAT was established to address concerns about rigid censorship by the CBFC. In this article, the author examines some of the FCAT's noteworthy judgements over the past decade. The author argues that the FCAT's track record in upholding creative freedom has not been very satisfactory. The FCAT has only slightly liberalised the parameters for censoring content. Nevertheless, the establishment of the FCAT should still be considered a positive development for the film industry, with potential for improvement.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2010

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