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I&B asks news channels to avoid re-runs of Mumbai terror attack

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MUMBAI: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has directed news channels not to broadcast any scene of the Mumbai terror attack as it may evoke strong sentiments among those affected by it.

"Gory scenes should not be shown, tragedy should not be replayed. Media has a great role to play to ensure return of normalcy," PTI quotes the I&B ministry as saying in its advisory.

Explaining the kind of coverage sought by the ministry, the advisory stated: "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."

Earlier, the government had issued an advisory to all private news channels to exercise restraint while airing news related to Mumbai terror attacks and its subsequent developments.

The advisory also mentioned that media is a harbinger of peace and normalcy and should not promote "insecurity". The official note from the ministry carries a strong message for the media to adhere to self-regulation.

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