Nepal stops airing of TV show satirising PM Narendra Modi

NTV prevented the telecast of one of the episodes of the TV show Tito Satya, meaning bitter truth, Thursday.

By: Press Trust of India | Kathmandu | Updated: December 6, 2014 10:52 am
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Nepal has stopped the telecast of one of the episodes of a popular satirical TV show on its national channel for reportedly caricaturing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Nepal Television (NTV) prevented the telecast of one of the episodes of the TV show Tito Satya, meaning bitter truth, Thursday.

The NTV’s editorial board withdrew the episode saying that part of it needed to be edited, Prakash Jung Karki, Programme Director of the channel, said.

“It was not a big issue, just that the editorial team wanted to edit a small segment and due to the lack of time, the episode was withdrawn,” he said.

There is a caricature of Modi, but I do not think there is anything that damages the image of the Indian Prime Minister, Karki said. The show will be telecast next Thursday, he said.

However, reports said that the episode was not aired for caricaturing Modi.

“It is against the freedom of expression and our constitutional rights,” said Deepak Raj Giri, Producer and popular comedian of the show.

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