The state government on Friday stopped cable TV operators in many parts of the state from beaming
. These channels had, since Thursday evening, been showing excerpts from a sting operation which claimed to reveal chief minister Narendra Modi’s connivance with the rioters in the February 2002 carnage.
In Ahmedabad, cable operators received written orders from District Collector Dhananjay Dwivedi to block these channels. The order said the channels were “depicting visuals and statements” which did not conform to “the programming code” and thus violating ‘Clause V of the Cable TV Network Regulation Act, 1995.’ In most other parts of the state, the police verbally directed cable operators to stop telecasting the channels.