New Delhi: Filmmakers shooting documentaries inside prison will have to deposit Rs 1 lakh as security and leave their recordings with jail superintendents for three days to let him delete portions deemed objectionable.
This is part of a fresh guideline issued on Friday to streamline the entry of filmmakers, journalists, activists and researchers after a controversy erupted over BBC documentary “India's Daughter” directed by Leslee Udwin on the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case, in which she interviewed the convicts in Tihar jail.
Viewing “very seriously” unauthorised meetings with prisoners or visitors misusing permission to meet for their own benefit, the Home Ministry said entry is not ordinarily allowed, but permission could be granted to an individual, journalist or others for making documentaries, doing research, articles or interviews.
States will then decide on the applications. While an Indian will have to apply 30 days before the date of visit, it is 60 days for a foreigner. A visitor will have to sign a declaration and deposit Rs 1 lakh, which could be forfeited if any guideline is violated.
For filmmakers, only camera and tape-recorder or equipment connected with the purpose will be allowed. Tripod, mobile phones, papers, book and pen will not be allowed. “After the visit, the visitor shall hand over handycam, dictaphone or tape-recorder to the jail superintendent for a period of three days... The jail superintendent shall then see and hear recordings... If he finds anything objectionable, he shall delete that portion,” say the guidelines.
A no-objection note is required from state government before releasing documentary or article or research paper.