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9 Reasons 2016 Was A Stellar Year For Freedom Of Speech In India

The year a Snapchat face-swap became a national debate.

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2. When the Punjab government and censor board actually issued 94 cuts to a mainstream film aiming to shed light on the state’s drug issue.

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Including a mandate that the film only be released if it eliminated all mentions of the word "Punjab".


8. When the censor board desexualised Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, because of her age, removing dialogues like "Umra main badi hai, experience bhi kamaal ka hai" (“She’s older, and she’s got a lot of experience too”).

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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