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2 Kerala-based News Channels Banned for 48 Hrs over Delhi Violence Reportage Back on Air

The two channels — Media One and Asianet News TV — were earlier issued a show cause notice and their transmission is banned on any platform throughout India with effect from 7.30 pm on March 6 to 7.30 pm on March 8.

New Delhi: Media One and Asianet News TV, two Kerala-based news channels that were banned by the I&B Ministry for 48 hours over their coverage of Delhi violence, were back on air on Saturday.

On Friday, the information and broadcasting ministry suspended the broadcast of the channels, saying such reportage could enhance communal disharmony.

The two channels were earlier issued a show cause notice and after they filed their replies, the ministry found them to be in violation of the Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.

The ministry ordered prohibition of transmission or re-transmission of Media One and Asianet News TV for 48 hours on any platform throughout India with effect from 7.30 pm on March 6 to 7.30 pm on March 8.

On Saturday, condemning the 48 hours ban, MediaOne TV released a press statement calling the Ministry’s move “blatant attack against free and fair reporting.”

The orders issued to the two channels cited the instances of reporting which were in contravention with the rules and stated that such reporting could “enhance the communal disharmony” across the country when the situation is “highly volatile”.

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