UPDATE– May 28, 2013: The Wall Street Journal reports that, based on the appeals of Viacom 18 Media Ltd., Viacom and India’s Network 18 Group partnership, the New Delhi High Court has temporarily lifted the 10-day ban in order to reassess the merits of the case.
Comedy Central has been shut down for 10 days in India, due to the government’s insistence the network has broadcast “obscene dialogue and vulgar words derogatory of women,” adding, “The portrayal in the program did not appear suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and children.”
Despite the network’s official appeal in Delhi High Court, India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry held firm their decision, which took the cable giant off the air on May 25. The programming in question comes from two shows not seen in the States– Stand Up Club, a stand-up comedy showcase series and PopCorn TV, a hidden-camera prank show. The Ministry didn’t explain the offending scenes in any more detail. A message on Comedy Central India’s official twitter feed reads, “Comedy Central India will be off-air until midnight on June 3. We promise the laughs will be back before you know it.”
In addition to original Indian programs, Comedy Central India also airs old and new American shows like Whitney, Anger Management, Dharma and Greg, Everybody Loves Raymond and Web Therapy.