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Ban on Comedy Central is temporarily lifted by Delhi high court

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Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 11:43 [IST]

Ban on Comedy Central lifted
In regard to the two Comedy Central programs that featured a French prank show which contained simulated sex with a dummy and a stand-up comedy act contravening with 1994 Cable Television Network Rules, a ban was imposed on the channel by India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Delhi High court on Tuesday temporarily lifted the ban imposed over the weekend as a penalty for breaching India's moral guidelines for cable channels. The regulations prohibit programming that "offends against good taste or decency", the ministry said in its May 17 ruling. The ministry imposed a 10-day ban on Comedy Central that began on Saturday.

Comedy Central which belongs to Viacom 18 Media Ltd, a joint venture between Viacom and India's Network 18 Group, appealed at the Delhi High Court on Saturday and a judge upheld the ban the same day. The channel exclusively features English comdey shows aimed at mostly urban metro-city audience.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:39 [IST]
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