POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 10, 2015 AT 23:14 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 10, 2015 23:14 IST

The blanket ban on pornography created much furore in India but it appears that the ripples reached far and wide.

It provided much laughter-evoking material to British comedian and television host, John Oliver for his show 'Last Week Tonight'.

Take a look. 

 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 10, 2015 AT 23:14 IST, Edited At: Aug 10, 2015 23:14 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 13, 2015 AT 22:40 IST ,  Edited At: May 13, 2015 22:40 IST

On the occasion of World Press Feedom on May 3, top journalists and politicians held a panel discussion on the 'Limits of Dissent' at the Mumbai Press Club.

In front of a massive gathering, Outlook Editor-in-Chief Krishna Prasad, NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain, Mid-Day Editor Sachin Kalbag (Moderator), senior journalist Shekhar Gupta and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu debated on the topic.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 28, 2015 AT 23:39 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 28, 2015 23:39 IST

Recently, six prominent novelists said that they were boycotting the May 5  PEN American Center gala in New York literary to protest against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo being honoured with a freedom of expression award.

Australia's Peter Carey, Canada's Michael Ondaatje, British-born Taiye Selasi, and Americans Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Francine Prose have withdrawn from the event.

Carey, a two-times Booker Prize winner, told the New York Times that the award stepped beyond PEN's traditional role of protecting freedom of expression against government oppression:

"A hideous crime was committed, but was it a freedom-of-speech issue for PEN America to be self-righteous about? All this is complicated by PEN's seeming blindness to the cultural arrogance of the French nation, which does not recognise its moral obligation to a large and disempowered segment of their population."

Salman Rushdie, a perpetual crusader for freedom of expression, however slammed these six authours saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.

Rushdie who often takes to Twitter to talk about his stands and beliefs got into a disagreement with British writer and activist George Monbiot.

Monbiot was defending Peter Carey's stand.

While Salman Rushdie and George Monbiot behaved like perfect gentlemen and agreed to disagree, Twitterati were left rather disappointed because there was no mud-slinging, invective-flinging fight.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 10, 2015 AT 23:25 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 10, 2015 23:25 IST

Recently the Supreme Court lifted the 1990 ban which had been imposed on the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, preventing it from being staged in Kerala. 

The court said that since Jesus Christ Superstar had already been produced all over the world and is available online, a ban, based on an order by the district collector, serves no purpose.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 16, 2015 AT 20:05 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 16, 2015 20:05 IST

In its 40th year, Ramesh Sippy's 1975 classic, Sholay, is finally getting a release in Pakistan. But strangely, the version that our neighbours will get to see, "while being the same as the one seen by millions in India, is still not going to be the version that was intended by Sippy".

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