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J&K told to act against broadcast of ‘anti-India’ content

According to ministry officials, in the absence of internet, several religious channels from Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Pakistan were making way to TV sets in Kashmir through the local cable operators.

Nov 19, 2019, 08.45 AM IST
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The order was issued after officials from the ministry held two long meetings with cable operators in Srinagar.
NEW DELHI: To prevent “anti-India” content from being broadcast in Jammu & Kashmir, the information and broadcasting ministry has issued an order asking administrative officials of the UT to take “strict and prompt action” against operators showing “unauthorised content”.

The order, citing sub rule 6 of cable TV rules, said: “No cable operator or MSO can carry any content of a channel that is not permitted by the ministry”. The I&B ministry has a list of over 500 channels that are approved after a security license from the home ministry, and a broadcast license from the I&B ministry.

The order also said failure to comply with the rules “would invite penal action which would mean withdrawal of broadcasting licenses and confiscation of equipment.”

The order was issued after officials from the ministry held two long meetings with cable operators in Srinagar.

According to ministry officials, in the absence of internet, several religious channels from Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Pakistan were making way to TV sets in Kashmir through the local cable operators. “It was flagged to us recently and that is why we want to put an end to it,” an official said.

“It has come to the notice of this ministry that some private channels which are not permitted by this ministry are being transmitted by some cable operators on their networks. This is a clear violation of the Cable TV rules, under programme code, and needs to be acted upon immediately,” the order said.

The ministry in its order has said: “Transmission of unauthorised content will amount to violation of the Cable TV Act and will be considered an offence.” In such a case, an authorised officer that can be a district magistrate, sub divisional magistrate, police commissioner or any officer notified in the official gazette can take action against the operator, which includes seizure of equipment or punishment for contravention of provisions of the Act under Section 16.
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