Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Documentary banned in India because one interview scene includes supposed hate speech ("India's Daughter")

India has banned the broadcast of a documentary Leslee Udwin, “India’s Daughter”, about the gang rape of Jyoti Singh, because the film contains an interview where one of the convicted rapists blames the victim. ABC News has a story here from its Australian bureau.

The story was reported on CNN Wednesday morning.  India wants the film banned worldwide, at least until that scene is removed.  But the filmmaker insists that the scene needs to be included for journalistic integrity.  Others see including it as promoting hate speech. Does a journalist have a responsibility to let, say, the Westboro Baptist Church articulate its views in a documentary? Same question for the KKK. 

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