The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Saturday issued a notice to all private news broadcasters to comply with the provisions of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 .
According to subsection (2) of Article 20, the central government may regulate or prohibit the transmission or retransmission of any channel or program as it deems necessary or expedient in the interests of (i) sovereignty or of the integrity of India; or (ii) the security of India; or (iii) India’s friendly relations with any foreign state; or (iv) public order, decency or morality,” he said.
The central government may regulate or prohibit the transmission/retransmission of a program which is deemed not to conform to the prescribed program code has been declared under subsection (3) of section 20 of the cable television networks (regulation), 1995.
The department also said it had issued notices to satellite TV stations to adhere to the programming code of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.
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In the notice issued by the ministry, he had seen how the channels covered events like the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as the riots in northwest Delhi. The government cited specific examples of “hyperbolic” statements by news anchors and “scandalous headlines/slogans” when reporting on the Ukraine-Russia conflict and disrupting the process of investigating incidents in northwestern Delhi by releasing unverified CCTV footage.
The notice also cited instances of the use of slogans or titles such as “Parmanu Putin se pareshan Zelenski (Zelenski worried about Putin’s nuclear power), “Parmanu action ki chinta se Zelenski ko depression” (Zelenski sinks into depression due to nuclear action) and “unverified claims misquoting” international agencies that World War III has already begun.
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