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MIB asks news channels not to air live coverage of anti-terror ops in Punjab

The Ministry issued the advisory yesterday after a few news channels were found flouting the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 28, 2015


Reminding all TV channels of the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2015, which states that no programme shall be aired that contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operations by security forces, wherein the media coverage shall be limited to periodic briefings by a designated officer by the Government, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory cautioning all TV channels to abide this rule. The advisory came in the wake of the anti-terror operations carried out in Gurdaspur, Punjab yesterday.

The advisory was signed by Neeti Sarkar, Director (BC) and a copy each was issued to Rajat Sharma, President, News Broadcasters Association, and Uday Shankar, President, Indian Broadcasting Federation.

The Government was forced to issue this advisory after it received reports of a few news and current affairs channels not adhering to the rule and airing live feeds of the anti-terror operation in Gurdaspur, without restricting themselves to the periodic briefings, even before the operation was over.

Such telecast is a clear violation of the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2015, thus the offenders are likely to face action.

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