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Comedy Central was back on Indian television screens on Tuesday, getting what appeared to be a court-ordered reprieve four days after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned the network for 10 days for showing content deemed unsuitable for Indian audiences.
“Hey guys! We’re happy to announce that #CC is back on your TV screens! Thanks for your support-we appreciate it! Keep on Laughing It Off :)” Comedy Central India said in a tweet on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for the channel, owned by Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd, did not offer more details.
This is not the first time the government has censored television viewing in India. The TV premiere of “The Dirty Picture”, a critically acclaimed film inspired by the life of 1980’s soft-core pornography film star Silk Smitha, was stalled last year, despite the film’s makers agreeing to 59 cuts to try to meet the government’s standards for television.