The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to television channels to refrain from sensationalising the ongoing rescue operation underway at Silkyara, Uttarakhand.
“Various Government agencies are working tirelessly for the safe evacuation of 41 workers. The operation underway around the tunnel is of an extremely sensitive nature involving saving so many lives. Telecast of video footage and other pictures relating to the operations by the TV channels specially by placing cameras and other equipment in close proximity to the rescue operations site have the potential to adversely affect the ongoing operations,” the advisory said.
It advised the channels from undertaking any live posts/videos from close proximity of the tunnel site where the rescue operations are underway, and ensure that the human life-saving activity by the various agencies is in no way disrupted or disturbed by the very presence of cameramen, reporters or equipment near or around the operations site.
The Ministry also advised the TV channels to be cautious and sensitive while reporting on the matter specially in putting out headlines, videos and images and take due care of the sensitive nature of the operation, the psychological status of the family members and as well as the viewers in general.