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    YouTube Blocks The Juice Media’s Another Satirical Democracy Video in India After Govt Complaint

    Recently YouTube has blocked another video titled ‘Honest Government Ad: The State of Democracy’ by ‘The Juice Media’ for viewing in India, according to the information shared by the channel on their Instagram account. The Juice Media (TJM) is an Australia-based channel known for producing political satire covering contemporary issues.

    The blocked video features a commentary on the state of democracy in 14 countries including India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Indonesia, Russia, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia, Venezuela, and Belarus. Early in June, YouTube had blocked a YouTube short version of the same video in India, on receiving a notice from the Indian government.

    YouTube Blocks The Juice Media’s Another Satirical Democracy Video in India After Govt Complaint

    The video, although blocked on YouTube, is available on the Instagram page of The Juice Media.

    According to the latest screenshot shared by TJM, YouTube stated that they received a legal complaint from a government entity in India. But, it does not specify which government entity has complained to YouTube about the video, and under what sections of Indian law.

    TJM informed MediaNama that YouTube did not send them an email this time detailing the charges.

    About the June 11 YouTube notice to TJM:

    According to the previous notice (reviewed by MediaNama) for blocking the YouTube Short of the same video, YouTube claimed to have received a request from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking to block the video for violating the following provisions:

    • Section 153 (provocation to cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
    • Section 504 (intent to provoke breach of peace) IPC
    • Section 505 (making statements conducing to public mischief) IPC
    • Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act, 1971, which prohibits one from insulting, and making comments against the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India.

    MediaNama had reached out to YouTube for confirmation but did not receive a response.

    Notably, the notice issued to The Juice Media shows that the government has not mentioned Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 in the provisions cited for getting the video blocked in India. So far, the government has invoked Section 69A and provisions under the IT Rules, 2021 to block URLs, websites, tweets on X, and YouTube videos or channels. Pranesh Prakash, lawyer and co-founder of the Centre for Internet and Society, confirmed that there are only two provisions for blocking websites in India—Section 69A and the Intermediary Rules under Section 79 of the IT Act, which grants safe harbour to intermediaries from liability for any third-party content.

    Prakash explained that the blocking provisions under IT Rules are applicable only to publishers that operate in India or conduct “systematic business activity of making its content available in India,” which is not the case in the context of The Juice Media. Read more about why the blocking order issued in context of TJM was unlawful.

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