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Home Ministry plans to scrap security clearance norms for MSOs

The Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the new policy guidelines include doing away with national security clearance for MSOs in the media sector.

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“Govt. should come up with clear, transparent security clearance guidelines:” Dr Subhash Chandra

According to Chandra, news channel licences should be scrutinized in the manner the Reserve Bank of India scrutinizes applications before issuing any licence in financial service.

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Govt. warns news channels against live coverage even as Gurdaspur anti-terrorist operations on

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry made it clear that ‘no programme shall be carried in the cable service, which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces.’

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Delhi media protests Home Ministry order on briefings

It noted that such curbs are not new and have been in force since 2014, albeit in a not such an overt manner. It said the new thing was that they are now becoming more obvious and blatant.

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