Calls for strict action against operators for switching off the feed without assigning any reason, like it happened recently in some places in Karnataka after two ministers were caught watching porn in the Assembly
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | February 14, 2012
The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has issued statement expressing its anguish over the frequent arbitrary action of cable operators to switch off cable feed without assigning any reason. Recently, the audio of news channels was switched off in Punjab.
Similarly, it is understood that a novel method was chosen to black out television news channels when electricity was switched off in Athani and Belgavi in Karnataka to ensure that the reporting of the incidents in the Karnataka Assembly could not be telecast.
These arbitrary actions, the NBA stated, was a direct attack on the right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined as a fundamental right under Article 19(1) (a) of the
The NBA condemns such illegal and arbitrary actions by cable operators or the powers that be and urges the government to take cognisance of the same and also take necessary action against such cable operators and individuals.