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Indian news channels off air in Nepal again

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MUMBAI: The Nepalese ministry of information and communication has issued a verbal order to cable operators to shut down the transmission of Aaj Tak and Star News. Reportedly, the transmission of other Indian news channels has also been suspended for covering the government's attempt to crackdown on pro-democracy protests. 

However, when contacted by indiantelevision.com, senior executives of the 'affected' channels refused to offer any comments saying they are waiting for more details on the issue.

This is not for the first time that the Indian news channels beaming in Nepal has been suspended off-air. Indian channels were banned last year in February, when Nepal King Gyanendra dismissed the Sher Bahadur Deuba government and imposed a state of emergency. But later, in the month of June, the Nepalese government had lifted the ban on Indian news channels.

According to the reports, security forces had confiscated the video footage taken by CNN-IBN and Star News, which featured the residence of CPN (UML) general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal.

The Indian print media also receives a similar treatment, where the local administration in Nepalgunj will censor the contents that speaks about the political upheaval. Issues on protest and arrests of any political activists published will be cut out before they are allowed to circulate in the area.

 

     

 

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