John Oliver’s popular talk show Last Week Tonight, has been blocked in India by the streaming platform Hotstar, as per the latest reports. The particular episode criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Emmy-winning show generally airs at 6 am each Tuesday in India. However, when subscribers logged in to the platform on 25 February, only older episodes was visible.
The host has been quite vocal of his criticism in the episode, calling Modi “a man for whom Trump seems to have a great deal of affection,” also stating the prime minister has become “one of the most divisive figures in India”. He also spoke about the controversial citizenship Act introduced by the Modi government that sparked protests across the nation, adds the report.
However, the episode is available to stream in India through HBO’s official channel on YouTube, where it has garnered more than 4 million views. Hotstar is the exclusive syndicating partner of HBO, Showtime and ABC in India.
To get more clarity we buzzed top boss Gaurav Banerjee at Hotstar but did not get any revert till the time of filing the article.
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