Pre censoring public protests

IN Media Watch Briefs | 23/07/2016

It's not clear why a Kashmir-related protest should provoke the Bangalore police into placard and slogan pre-censorship but that is what happened as this detailed account shows. A group applied for permission to the police to hold a protest regarding the civilian killings in Kashmir and received  a questionnaire to be filled. If placards were going to be used, what words and sentences would be on it? And on banners? And If slogans were going to be shouted, "what kind of slogans will you be using?" The protesters-to -be responded with details, but permission was eventually denied.            

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