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Indian court dismisses petition that a magazine cover showing breastfeeding was somehow obscene


Link Here 22nd June 2018
The Kerala High Court has refused to categorise the cover of the March issue of Grihalakshmi magazine showing a woman breastfeeding her baby as obscene, noting that shocking one's morals is an elusive concept, and that one man's vulgarity is another man's lyric.

The Bench observed:

We do not see, despite our best efforts, obscenity in the picture, nor do we find anything objectionable in the caption, for men. We looked at the picture with the same eyes we look at the paintings of artists like Raja Ravi Varma. As the beauty lies in the beholder's eye, so does obscenity, perhaps.

Petitioner Felix M.A. had contended that the magazine cover violated provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Rules, as well as Section 45 of the Juvenile Justice Act. He had also alleged violation of provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, and an Article of the Constitution of India.

 

 Offsite Article: Winners and Losers...


Link Here 10th June 2018
Author Lionel Shriver attacks Penguin publisher's discrimination policy

See article from bbc.co.uk

 

 Offsite Article: Read all about it...Not...


Link Here 14th May 2018  full story: Book Censorship in Turkey...Freedom of speech under duress
Turkish court bans nine books on Kurds, ranging from genocide, Barzani, and Mahabad to Ezidi faith

See article from kurdistan24.net

 

 Offsite Article: Vetting for stereotypes: meet publishing's sensitivity readers...


Link Here 28th April 2018
Publishers hoping to avoid offence are increasingly turning to sensitivity readers. But is this good practice, censorship, or just another way of maintaining privilege?

See article from theguardian.com

 

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