Broadcasters Bodies Flay Govt Move to Ban Live India

India’s two broadcasters bodies Indian Broadcasting Foundation and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) have criticised Indian government’s move to ban Live India ( Janmat) for a month for a botched sting operation on a New Delhi school teacher accusing her of having links with a prostitution racket.

‘‘Janmat’ (assumed name Live India), which telecast an admittedly doctored sting operation on Smt. Uma Khurana, teacher, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Darya Ganj, Delhi. The telecast of said sting operation was defamatory, deliberate, false and contained suggestive innuendos and half-truths; incited violence and contained content against maintenance of law and order. It criticized, maligned and slandered an individual in person and it denigrated children and was irresponsibly aired by the channel without exercise of due diligence in preliminary verification of the facts of the case. Therefore, the Central Government thought it necessary to prohibit transmission or re-transmission of the said channel throughout the country’ a Ministry release had said.

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation ,which represents all major broadcasters of India ,in its annual general meeting has expressed serious concerns about the attitude of Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

‘IBF has noted a series of highly arbitrary and coercive punishmints that the ministry has delivered during the last year to a number of broadcasters at its ill’ An IBF spokesperson said.

LIve India is not the first channel which has faced the ire of I&B Ministry but AXN and Fashion TV were also banned for airing adult content.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on September 20 had banned Live India ( Janmat) News Channel for a month on all platforms throughout the country. The ban effective from September 20, 2007 will be up to October 20,2007.

The prohibition , according to a ministry release has been imposed in terms of the Sub-Section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995.

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