One-day ban on Careworld TV, News Time Assam on Wednesday
After the ban of NDTV India, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has also reportedly directed two more channels to go off air on November 9 citing violations of broadcasting rules.
The government has now ordered blackout of an Assam-based news channel, ‘News Time Assam’ and another ‘Careworld TV’, media reports said.
Officials said the ban on News Time Assam comes after a high-level panel’s recommendation after the channel allegedly violated programming guidelines several times.
The order reportedly said the channel revealed the identity of a minor who had been brutally tortured while working as a domestic servant, compromising the privacy and dignity of the child.
“[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,” the order stated.
However, Careworld TV received the direction for broadcasting objectionable content, media reports said.
Earlier, the Government of India asked the broadcaster NDTV India to go off air for 24-hour on November 9 over the Pathankot terrorist attack coverage.
An inter-ministerial committee of the Information and Broadcast Ministry directed the Hindi channel go off air citing it had revealed “strategically-sensitive” details while covering the Pathankot terrorist attack.
While covering the attack in January, the channel allegedly broadcasted information on the ammunition stockpiled in the airbase, MIGs, fighter-planes, rocket-launchers, mortars, helicopters, fuel-tanks etc.
The committee argued that the channel aired “such crucial information” that could have been used by the terrorists and had the potential to “cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel,” media reports said.