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Upholding Values
3/15/2024 10:46:47 PM

In a decisive move, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has taken a stern stance against the proliferation of obscene, vulgar, and at times, pornographic content on various Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms and their associated social media accounts.
By blocking access to 18 such platforms, the government has sent a clear message: the dissemination of content that undermines societal values and decency will not be tolerated under the guise of ‘creative expression.’
In recent years, the rapid expansion of OTT platforms has revolutionized the entertainment industry, providing viewers with a plethora of choices and content. While this expansion has undoubtedly enriched the entertainment landscape, it has also raised concerns about the content’s moral and ethical implications, particularly regarding its impact on impressionable audiences.
The decision to block these platforms underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of individuals, particularly women and children, who are often the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of explicit and objectionable content. It reaffirms the principle that freedom of expression does not equate to a license to propagate obscenity or degrade societal norms.
Critics may argue that such measures stifle artistic freedom and censorial tendencies. However, it is essential to recognize that artistic expression must not come at the cost of undermining fundamental values and principles. Creativity should inspire, uplift, and provoke thought, not demean or degrade.
Moreover, the government’s action is a necessary step to ensure responsible content creation and dissemination. OTT platforms, like any other form of media, bear a responsibility to adhere to ethical guidelines and respect societal sensitivities. While artistic freedom is vital, it must be exercised with a sense of responsibility towards the broader community.
The decision reflects a broader societal consensus that certain lines should not be crossed in the name of entertainment. The protection of women’s rights and child rights is non-negotiable and must take precedence over commercial interests or creative pursuits. By holding OTT platforms accountable for the content they host, the government is fulfilling its duty to uphold these rights and ensure a safe and respectful environment for all members of society.
The government’s decision to block 18 OTT platforms for hosting obscene, vulgar, and pornographic content is a clear message that artistic freedom must be exercised within the bounds of ethical and moral considerations. By upholding the rights of women and children and safeguarding societal values, the government is laying the groundwork for a more inclusive and respectful media landscape.
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