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The screening of a Bollywood movie, Article 15, was stopped on 2 July at Roorkee cinema hall in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district in India for concerns of “law and order”.

The movie is based on a true story of a gang-rape and murder case of two girls from the Uttar Pradesh Badaun district in 2014.

The film is said to take on a realistic perspective of Article 15 from the Constitution of India. Article 15 states the “prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth”.

However, a Roorkee sub-divisional magistrate, Ravindra Singh Bisht, said the cinema hall management was told not to screen the film because it contained “fringe outfits” such as the Hindu Sena and Bhim Sena, which deemed to negatively depict the Brahmin people.

According to Ravindra, the restriction of the film should not be treated as a ban since the sub-divisional magistrate does not have the “authority to ban the film as the Central Board of Film Certification has cleared it. But, if we perceive a law and order problem in the town because of what is being shown in a theatre, we can always stop its screening”.

Read more here: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/article-15-screening-stopped-in-ro...

Yet, this is not the only incident that stopped the screening of Article 15. On 28 June, the film was suspended after Brahmin organisations had protested outside the theatre and destroyed the promotional posters. Eventually, the film screening resumed the next day.

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The screening of a Bollywood movie, Article 15, was stopped on 2 July at Roorkee cinema hall in Uttarakhands Haridwar district in India for concerns of “law and order”.

The movie is based on a true story of a gang-rape and murder case of two girls from the Uttar Pradesh Badaun district in 2014. 

The film is said to take on a realistic perspective of Article 15 from the Constitution of India. Article 15 states the “prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth”. 

However, a Roorkee sub-divisional magistrate, Ravindra Singh Bisht, said the cinema hall management was told not to screen the film because it contained “fringe outfits” such as the Hindu Sena and Bhim Sena, which deemed to negatively depict the Brahmin people. 

According to Ravindra, the restriction of the film should not be treated as a ban since the sub-divisional magistrate does not have the “authority to ban the film as the Central Board of Film Certification has cleared it. But, if we perceive a law and order problem in the town because of what is being shown in a theatre, we can always stop its screening”. 

Read more here: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/article-15-screening-stopped-in-roorkee/articleshow/70053210.cms

Yet, this is not the only incident that stopped the screening of Article 15. On 28 June, the film was suspended after Brahmin organisations had protested outside the theatre and destroyed the promotional posters. Eventually, the film screening resumed the next day.

📷 Article 15 Film/ Facebook

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They showed the film the next day. Is this thing really newsworthy then?

1 week ago

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On 30 June, Oleg Smolin, First Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee of the State Duma in Russia, supported an initiative by the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to exclude various books from the school curriculum, including the Gulag Archipelago, in order to incorporate more religious texts.

”There are some works of modern literature that can be removed from the school curriculum without great harm. The Gulag Archipelago, for example, does not give much insight into the real historical process. We need to look at the programs and exclude what is too politicized,” Smolin tells to Govorit Moskva radio. Read more here: lenta.ru/news/2019/06/30/bogpomozhet/

The Gulag Archipelago is a three-volume text written between 1958 and 1968 by Russian historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The text relays Solzhenitsyn’s experience as a gulag prisoner, describing life in the gulag, (a Communist Soviet forced labour system). Solzhenitsyn includes various sources—reports, interviews, statements, diaries and legal documents in his texts.

While the Gulag Archipelago is heralded as the greatest and most disturbing account of human rights violations and political oppression in a Russian Gulag, this text and several other works, will also be excluded from the school curriculum.

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On 30 June, Oleg Smolin, First Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee of the State Duma in Russia, supported an initiative by the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to exclude various books from the school curriculum, including the Gulag Archipelago, in order to incorporate more religious texts. 

”There are some works of modern literature that can be removed from the school curriculum without great harm. The Gulag Archipelago, for example, does not give much insight into the real historical process. We need to look at the programs and exclude what is too politicized,” Smolin tells to Govorit Moskva radio. Read more here: https://lenta.ru/news/2019/06/30/bogpomozhet/

The Gulag Archipelago is a three-volume text written between 1958 and 1968 by Russian historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The text relays Solzhenitsyn’s experience as a gulag prisoner, describing life in the gulag, (a Communist Soviet forced labour system). Solzhenitsyn includes various sources—reports, interviews, statements, diaries and legal documents in his texts. 

While the Gulag Archipelago is heralded as the greatest and most disturbing account of human rights violations and political oppression in a Russian Gulag, this text and several other works, will also be excluded from the school curriculum. 

📷 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn/ Facebook

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Freemuse condemns the 14.5 year total prison sentences and 74 lashes for metal #musicians from the band Confess. We stand by Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani and defend their right to artistic expression! 👉https://bit.ly/2LgWlOn ... See MoreSee Less

Freemuse condemns the 14.5 year total prison sentences and 74 lashes for metal #musicians from the band Confess. We stand by Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani and defend their right to artistic expression! 👉https://bit.ly/2LgWlOn
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Writer Shakthika Sathkumara has been detained in Sri Lanka for more than three months after publishing a short story on Facebook. His next hearing is due to take place on 23 July. He could face up to 10 years in prison. #FreeShakthika #SriLanka https://t.co/dHInsjygJO @SLcampaign

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Apply here: https://t.co/d57vJoGxbc

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Freemuse calls on the General Judiciary of the Province of Tehran to repeal the harsh sentencing of #Confess band members allow the #musicians to return to #Iran without fear of reprisal for expressing themselves artistically. #artisticexpression 👉https://t.co/AngxtsDMFR

As a part of the #EuropeProject, #Freemuse participated in a #conference organised by Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.
It investigated the role of #arts and #culture in #sustainable development.
#postkodeffekten #projectforchange

We've extended the deadline for the Finance and Operation Manager position to 26 July 2019!
Don't miss your chance to apply! Find out more and apply here 👉 https://t.co/GktCb3LTPY

#Freemuse just launched #ArtisticFreedom Defenders in partnership with #RoskildeFestival.
You can join #ArtisticFreedomDefenders by signing up here https://t.co/KAgCMkN2dt

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Did you know that in 2018 #MadameGandhi held 35 #concerts? In the same year, #Freemuse documented 48 violations of artistic freedom against #women #artists. Join the movement to defend #artisticfreedom and sign up here: https://t.co/xX0c5mGPC4
#RF2019

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New interview between @Freemuse98 and a Maldivian artist reveals the ongoing struggle for artistic freedom in the Maldives: https://t.co/0vpCHOJEVt #FreedomofExpression #StopCensorship

Did you know that #CardiB has 7 million followers on #Facebook? Did you also know that Facebook's #CommunityGuidelines can completely remove her #online presence without explanation? Join the movement to defend #artisticfreedom and sign up here: https://t.co/xX0c5mGPC4
#RF2019

Three artists, Aziz Sohail, Abdullah Qureshi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr, offer poignant perspectives on being LGBTQ, Muslim and Pakistani: https://t.co/Os6yxRIP1L #LGBTQvisibility #freedomofexpression

We're are Roskilde Festival! Missed out on a ticket this year? Find out how you can win a chance to get in on the action at Roskilde in 2020. Details on our Facebook page.

📷 Copyright Simon Frøsig Christensen / Roskilde Festival

Thinking of poet and lyricist Galal El-Behairy as he spends his 29th birthday imprisoned in Egypt today. Read and share his work and join our call to #FreeGalal! https://t.co/J0Z4E4X42X #Egypt

This is the second birthday Galal El-Behairy has spent imprisoned in Egypt for his writing. On his last birthday, he wrote this poem https://t.co/J0Z4E4X42X #FreeGalal #Egypt

Read what people are saying about our latest report: Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence. The report explores the impact of #DigitalTransformation on #women #artists: #online #censorship & #abuse Read here 👉https://t.co/30K4rUCMW9

Today we launch our latest report – Privatising Censorship, Digitising Violence @rightscon in #Tunis. The report explores the impact of #DigitalTransformation on #women #artists: #online #censorship & #abuse Read here 👉https://t.co/30K4rUCMW9

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