After the appointment of Prasoon Joshi as the new Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), CBFC has asked film makers from Bengaluru to submit affidavits that they will not release any part of their film on social media without getting a certification first.

According to law, CBFC certification is only required to telecast films or trailers, teasers in theatres and on TV channels but there is no such law for social media. However, CBFC regional office in Bengaluru is forcing film-makers here to submit affidavits. The film makers on the other hand are signing up affidavits to avoid any trouble.

There is no specific guideline laid by CBFC and it has been introduced on ad-hoc basis.

“Most people already know that our laws impose prior censorship on all theatrical content and some television content. However, there is no law in this country that imposes any prior restraint on any content on the social media. Period. In this background, the demanding of affidavits by the regional office of the CBFC is both foolish and blatantly illegal. Also, there is a general rule of law that says that affidavits about future conduct cannot be demanded or received unless such future conduct is strictly governed by some law in force; in this case, the very solemnity of affidavits is lost as there is simply no underlying law at all,” Advocate KV Dhananjay told Bengaluru Mirror

Earlier this month, CBFC decided to facilitate industry interaction to refine the movie certification process. This was decided at the first board meeting of the newly instituted censor board a month after writer-ad man Prasoon Joshi was appointed its chief.

Joshi said in a statement, “The purpose is clearly to make things better for all stakeholders where there is mutual respect and collaboration.

“It was felt that the constant fine-tuning of our sensibilities towards the changing world of cinema is desirable and also that the processes should be further streamlined for the benefit of the industry practitioners.

“The CBFC also decided that soon they would have an industry interaction to share the refinement of the processes and take industry inputs to make the certification process as smooth as possible.” Joshi added