After NDTV, govt asks Assam-based news channel to go off air 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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2016 9:44 pm
news time assam, ndtv, ndtv ban, news time assam broadcast, news time assam live, assam news, ndtv news, india news A high-level panel felt it had “violated” programming guidelines on more than one occasion.

After NDTV India, the Government has also ordered that an Assam-based news channel be taken off air for a day, following the recommendations of a high-level panel which felt it had “violated” programming guidelines on more than one occasion. 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 telecasting a programme which revealed the identity of a minor who had been brutally tortured while working as a domestic servant. Observing that the visuals telecast by the channel 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 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 IMC 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 dead bodies for which a recommendation was made to take off the channel for a day.

In another case the channel telecast a programme which allegedly appeared to defamatory towards to women and in bad taste. The IMC had asked the channel to run an apology scroll but since it did not comply, in this regard, 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, which has resulted in a massive controversy.

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    John
    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm
    The two-nation theory (Urdu: دوقومی نظریہ‎ — Dō-qaumī naẓariyaa, Devanagari: दो-क़ौमी नज़रिया, Hindi: द्वि-राष्ट्र सिद्धान्त - Dvi-rashtra siddhanta, Bengali: দ্বিজাতি তত্ত্ব — Dijati totto) is the ideology that the primary ideny and unifying denominator of Muslims in the South Asian subcontinent is their religion, rather than their language or ethnicity, and therefore Indian Hindus and Muslims are two distinct nations, regardless of ethnic or other commonalities. The two-nation theory was a founding principle of the stan Movement (i.e. the ideology of stan as a Muslim nation-state in South Asia), and the parion of India in 1947. Now that you got your Muslim land in Porkistan and Bangladesh, why are Muslims in India? Give me back my land or move to stan or Bangladesh
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      Prateik
      Nov 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm
      Looks SCam of India is busy with very important R A P E cases and MONEY MINTING cases while WATCHING BHARAT MATA BEING R A P E D BY MODI
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        IslamForFooools
        Nov 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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          IslamForFooools
          Nov 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm
          That's a reason to shoot them dead along with your mom who gave birth to jihadists like you.
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            Amar Akbar
            Nov 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm
            The jihadi Muslims recognized the power of digital media early on, when its brutish progenitor, Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, discovered the utility of uploading grainy videos of his atr0cities to the Internet. The Islamic State maximized its reach by exploiting a variety of platforms: social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, peer-to-peer messaging apps like Telegram and Surespot, and content sharing systems like JustPaste.it and TV channels like NDTV
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