The Information and Broadcasting Minister said he understood that many publishers feared prosecution under a law that bans acts intended to offend religious feeling, which Penguin said made it very difficult to uphold international standards of free expression.
in Indian media.
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India will also allow private FM radio broadcasters to run news bulletins from official and state run providers before the end of the year, Javadekar said, although they would not immediately be allowed to produce their own news.
particularly after a controversial Fendi Tote book on Hinduism was withdrawn from sale following criticism from hard line Hindus.
By Tommy Wilkes
While India has long had a thriving private newspaper industry, private and foreign broadcasters were only allowed to set up operations under economic reforms enacted in the 1990s.
The withdrawal of "The Hindus: An Alternative History" by academic Wendy Doniger in February by publisher Penguin came months before the Bharitiya Janata Party (BJP), a conservative Hindu nationalist party led by Narendra Modi, won a landslide election victory.
"I am willing to meet publishers and listen to them," Prakash Javadekar told the TV channel Headlines Today.
Javadekar said he believed that a democracy did not need a ministry for information and broadcasting, and that his long term aim was to make the ministry redundant. (Reporting by Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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