Assam news channel told to go off air on November 9

Quoting rules under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, the ministry order said that the government “orders to prohibit the transmission or retransmission of News Time Assam TV channel for one day on any platform throughout India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 12:45 pm
assam channel banned, assam channel ban, news time assam, ndtv, ndtv ban, news time assam broadcast, news time assam live, assam news, ndtv news, india news An I&B ministry order dated November 2 has sought that the channel, ‘News Time Assam’, be taken off air on November 9 for a day.

The government has ordered an Assam-based news channel be taken off air for a day, following recommendations of a high-level panel which felt the channel had “violated” programming guidelines on more than one occasion. This comes in the wake of Hindi news channel NDTV India being ordered to taken off for a day.

An I&B ministry order dated November 2 has sought that the channel, ‘News Time Assam’, be taken off air on November 9 for a day. One of the allegations against the channel relates to telecast of a programme which revealed the identity of a minor who had been brutally tortured while working as a domestic help.

Observing that the visuals telecast by News Time Assam appeared to compromise the privacy and dignity of the child, while also exposing him to harm and stigma, a showcause notice was issued to the channel in October 2013. Having listened to the channel’s version, the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) which looked into the matter felt that the channel may be taken off air for a day.

According to the order, the matter was reconsidered as some other channels had also shown similar content, for which they had been issued warnings, but the committee looked at all the circumstances and again recommended taking it off air for a day. The same order also lists two other cases of alleged violations by the channel which were considered by the IMC. One of them related to telecast of gory visuals of bodies for which a recommendation was made to take off the channel for a day.

In another case the channel telecast a programme that allegedly appeared to be defamatory towards women and was in bad taste. The IMC had asked the channel to run an apology scroll but since it did not comply, taking it off air for a day was recommended. The I&B ministry order, dated November 2, mentions all the three cases and says that the “IMC clarified that the TV channel can be allowed to carry out the three awards of one day off air concurrently”.

Quoting rules under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, the ministry order said that the government “orders to prohibit the transmission or retransmission of News Time Assam TV channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hours on 9th November, 2016 till 00:01 hours on 10th November, 2016.” NDTV India has also been ordered off air for the same date over its coverage of the Pathankot attack. With PTI inputs

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First Published on: November 6, 2016 4:19 am
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    Amar Akbar
    Nov 6, 2016 at 12:47 am
    UPA Governments, during 2005-14, ordered several TV channels to go off air in 21 instances, for a period ranginglt;br/gt;from one day to two months for showing obscene visuals including 13 cases of telecasting ‘Adult’ rated certified films.lt;br/gt;One channel was taken off air for 30 days for telecasting a sting operation, he said. “People of the country are also wise enough to appreciate which of the two violations – showing obscene visuals at the stroke of midnight and risking the lives of defence personnel and civilians through a live telecast of anti-terrorist operations in broad daylight- is a serious threat to the interests of the nation including its sovereignty, integrity and security,”
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      mathimathi
      Nov 6, 2016 at 7:02 am
      feku try to ban freedom of press that lifted him upto PM Ji. A repeat of Ex Late PM Morarji desai period will happen in 2019 AD
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        sochee
        Nov 6, 2016 at 7:14 am
        TV channel s were shackled by congi because they brought the law on programme code on cable/other broad casting but used for frivolous purposes namely to track and punish broadcasting of so called obscene programmes in a land which gave the world the treasure of Kamasutra. Now it has been used to chastise wayward programing and hold the channel squarely responsible for their acts of omission and commission.
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          shashank
          Nov 6, 2016 at 2:15 am
          In order to get the righrful ry, pay ,perks etc for journalist, govt had setup a Majithiya wage board. Board has given their recommendations long back, but most of the media houses has not implemented yet in letter and spirit because they donot want to pay more to their media employeesstead, media houses choose the path of courts and litigations, sacked and harrased journos etc etc. Never ever heard that editors guild raise a voice or fight for their own fellows or even themselves.They are just silence, fearing a wreath of their media bosses and save their job. Now guild is talking abt on this issue. Hypocrisy is at its best.
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