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I&B may take action against TV channels

The Govt threatened action against television channels repeatedly broadcasting scenes of the Mumbai terror attack saying it may evoke strong sentiments among those affected by it, reports Chetan Chauhan.

delhi Updated: Dec 04, 2008 23:59 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The government on Thursday threatened action against television channels repeatedly broadcasting scenes of the Mumbai terror attack saying it may evoke strong sentiments among those affected by it.

In an advisory sent to all channels, the Information and Broadcasting ministry said action could be taken against them under downlinking and uplinking guidelines. This means that license of the channels can be suspended if their broadcast comprise with the national security.

In a clear direction, the ministry said: “Gory scenes should not shown, tragedy should not be replayed”, while appreciating the role of media to ensure return of normalcy.

Asking the channels to adhere to self-regulation, it said, repeated running of the footage of the terror attack might make the terrorists feel that their operation was successful.

“News coverage pertaining to the event should project that India is not demoralised and has risen despite all terrorist attacks as normalcy has been restored. News coverage should project that India is a global power which has full support of the international community,” the advisory said.

A senior I&B ministry official admitted that the coverage was done in a responsible manner by the national media, except a few aberrations. But, the advisory was issued to remind the media that it should cover the related developments in a manner, which is sensitive towards the feeling of the terror victims.

When contacted Editor-in-Chief of IBN Network Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor of India TV Rajat Sharma and CEO of Star News, Uday Shankar refused to comment stating that only NBA spokesperson will speak on the issue.