Govt issues notice to multiple news channels for airing Pak Army briefing

New Delhi: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has issued notices to multiple news channels for broadcasting the Pakistan army press conference on Monday and said this violates the programme code laid down in the Cable Television Networks (regulation) Act, 1995.

As per media reports, the news channels which were served the notices include Tiranga TV, ABP News, Surya Samachar, TNews Nation, Zee Hindustan, TOTAL TV, ABP Majha, News18 Lokmat, Jai Maharashtra, News 18 Gujarati, News24, Sandesh News and News18 India.

On February 22,Pakistani Major General Ghafoor had addressed a press conference in Rawalpindi briefing the Pakistan Army about the Pulwama attack.

Soon after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 troopers of the CRPF dead, the ministry issued a notice to all TV channels to ensure no content likely to encourage or incite violence or promoting anti-national tendencies was aired.

In its show cause notice to the Tiranga, the ministry said, “Tiranga TV has shown the said media briefing for a duration of 20 minutes and 45 seconds, during which there was no intervention from the channel on the correctness or otherwise of the claims being made in the said media briefing.”

Commenting on the notices, NK Singh, senior executive member of the Broadcast Editors’ Association said, “Speaking in my capacity as a member of BEA I feel we issue periodic advisories to members on the do’s and don’ts. There is a need for all channels to be more sensitive at a time when the country is hyper-sensitive vi-a-vis Pakistan. Showing deferred live of events is a stated positions and channels must ensure that rules pertaining to content are adhered to.”

Broadcast Editors’ Association is yet to issue a formal statement on the issue.