John Oliver criticizes Hotstar for not broadcasting PM Narendra Modi's episode of his show

NEW YORK: host of Last Week Tonight John Oliver has criticized the broadcast service owned by Disney Hotstar for censoring a critical episode of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on the Citizens Amendment Act and his handling of the protests against him.

In the last episode airing in the United States on Sunday, the satirical writer also faced an Indian television newscaster who said Oliver he had embarrassed himself with the Modi episode.

A new episode of the Emmy Award-winning program airs on Hotstar for Indian subscribers every week at 6 am. On February 25, Modi: last week tonight with John Oliver It was expected to be available to Hotstar subscribers after 6 in the morning, but those who logged in only found the program from the previous week.

Oliver He said he was alerted that the episode was not broadcast in India by his viewers in the country.

A couple of weeks ago we did a story on India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which some supporters like, the Tucker Carlson from India, did not enjoy ...

That episode was not actually broadcast in India. Many of our viewers alerted us to the fact that Hotstar, the streaming service that aired us in India, never uploaded that episode in India. There is no evidence that the Indian government has made them do that. Oliver said.

At best, he said, he can say that Hotstar simply decided to self-censor, which is still not good.

"And what's worse is, it's apparently not even the first time that they have censored us. We've discovered that they've quietly been doing it for a while now, but not for the reason that you might expect," the host said.

Oliver He also followed in a clip of criticism against him by the Indian channel.

I will give you ignorance. I will even give you a third-class TV host. My researchers assure me that it is a real compliment, but I am ashamed of myself. Who the hell do you think you're talking to? !

He added that Hotstar had cut a joke about a previous episode in the United States Census and another about Donald Duck.

Because they did that? It's hard to say, but it could be because Hotstar is actually owned by Disney, and they seem to be very sensitive to Disney references.

Oliver , who has voiced hornbill Zazu in Disney's live reinvention of The Lion King He said there was no point in the broadcast service censoring his critical words with the studio, since he is Zazu.

If you think you have to eliminate everything that is badly reflected in Disney from this program, I have some bad news for you, my friends. I'm fucking Zazu here. Everything that comes out of this peak is a Disney Fact.

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