Channels issued show cause notice for airing Pakistani army briefing

NEW DELHI — The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has sent notices to two television news channels for broadcasting a press conference of the Pakistani army in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Tiranga TV and ABP News were issued the show cause notice by the ministry on February 23 for violating programme code laid down in the Cable Television Networks (regulation) Act, 1995. The notice asked why action should not be taken against them for breaching the norms.

The show cause notice said that it has come to the notice of the I&B Ministry that the media briefing of Major General Asif Ghafoor was shown on their channel. Major General Asif Ghafoor is the spokesperson of the Pakistani army.

The notice also said that the media briefing was shown for 20 minutes and 45 seconds by Tiranga TV, which is owned by Veecon Media and Broadcasting Private Limited. With the telecast of the “said media briefing, Tiranga TV channel appears to have violated” two provisions of the Programme Code of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the notice said.

The channels have been given seven days to respond to the notice.

The ministry had issued a notice to all TV channels to ensure that content that is likely to encourage or incite violence or promoting anti-national tendencies is not aired. This notice was issued soon after the Pulwama attack by JeM terrorists which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.

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