Malayalam news channel MediaOne has moved the Supreme Court against Kerala High Court’s order which upheld the ban on the channel.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Kerala HC had dismissed the channel’s plea against a single judge order which upheld a ban on the channel by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The Ministry had refused to renew the broadcast license granted to MediaOne. The channel was banned in January 2022, after which the channel made an appeal in the HC. However, the single judge said the denial of security clearance to MediaOne by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was “justified” based on the inputs received from intelligence agencies.
The Ministry had cited that the clearence was not being awarded to the channel owing to “security concerns”.
Initially, the channel was also banned in 2020 after the ministry alleged it violated provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, in its coverage of the Delhi Riots.