TV channels urged not to air live coverage of anti-terror ops

NEW DELHI: The Government has advised all television channels in public interest to safeguard innocent lives, to ensure that no operations-linked information reaches the terrorists and their handlers, and in the interest of national security, live coverage of counter-terrorism operation by the security forces should not be telecast.

The advisory was placed on the site of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

Earlier this month, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore had told Parliament that the government was considering a proposal to prohibit live media coverage of counter terrorism operations by security forces and the Home Ministry wanted amendments in the extant laws in this regard.

After the carnage in November 2008, the Ministry on 27 November, 2008, 3 December, 2008 and 20 November, 2009 had issued such advisories in public interest and in the interest of national security not to focus on or report the location, strength, movement, strategy and other related operations being followed by the Security forces engaging with the terrorists so as to avoid any adverse impact on rescue operations.

The advisory was issued as the Ministry said it had come to its notice that some TV channels have covered live the ongoing anti-terrorist operations on 20 March, 2015.

The advisory says that the media coverage may be restricted to periodic briefing by an earmarked official till the operation is concluded.

Attention was drawn to clauses 5.9 and 8.1 of the Uplinking guidelines and Clauses 5.8 and 6.1 of the downlinking Guidelines as well as applicable provisions of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and Rules thereunder in this regard.

The issue of coverage by television channels is presently part of the self-regulation guidelines drawn up by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority of the News Broadcasters Association. The Press Council of India had issued similar guidelines with regard to print media.

These guidelines were drawn up after the 26 November, 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Following a controversy that live telecasts of the counter-terrorism operations were in all likelihood been seen by the masterminds in Pakistan who had planned the attacks.

As far as Prasar Bharati is concerned, it is governed by the Programme and Advertising Code, which is also part of the 1995 Act and therefore equally applicable to private television channels. The Inter-Ministerial Committee examines complaints under the Act of 1995 and the Rules drawn up a year earlier in 1994.

Latest Reads
MIB expresses dissatisfaction with IAMAI’s self-regulatory model for OTT platforms

KOLKATA: While all the major OTT players have agreed to come under the ambit of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)’s self-regulation guidelines recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the model.

Regulators I&B Ministry
93% TV households do not watch news channels; media degenerated into becoming pet performing poodle of govt” former I&B minister, Manish Tewari to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD,Governance Now

“93% TV households do not watch news channels; media degenerated into becoming pet performing  poodle of govt” former I&B minister, Manish Tewari to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now. Former Information and Broadcasting Minister and MP, Lok Sabha, Manish Tewari has said that  with only...

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB issues advisory to curb surrogate advertising

NEW DELHI: Surrogate Advertising has been a very old debate in the India’s advertising industry. An alcohol brand can advertise in the garb of music CD or a gutka brand can talk about the great taste of saffron and circumvent the advertising code. The rule thus aims at prohibiting surrogate...

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI issues recommendations on cloud services

Following a multistage consultation process, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on cloud services. The regulatory body issued a consultation paper on 23 October 2019 inviting inputs on the number of industry bodies.

Regulators TRAI
TRAI says nyet to regulating communication OTTs

The Indian communication OTT ecosystem can breathe easier now. After slapping oodles of regulation on the TV sector, as voiced regularly by the television broadcasting community, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Regulators TRAI
Subhash Kamath elected as ASCI chairman

NEW DELHI: BBH & Publicis Worldwide India Chief Executive Officer Subhash Kamath has been elected chairman of the board of governors of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). The vote was held at the board meeting that followed the thirty-fourth annual general meeting this afternoon...

Regulators I&B Ministry
NTO 2.0 update: Broadcasters conclude their argument before Bombay HC

KOLKATA:  As the ongoing legal battle between broadcasters and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) in Bombay High Court nears its ending, the broadcasters have concluded their argument. On 18 September, the solicitor general will open for TRAI before the court. TRAI chairman R S Sharma...

Regulators High Court
Co-production Treaty to take India-Italy cooperation to a new level: Minister, MIB

Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, on Monday said that the Venice Film festival has stood as a symbol of recognition of cinematic excellence at an international platform. “Participation of India in Venice Film Festival 2020 as a focus country has...

Regulators I&B Ministry
Delhi High Court stays the broadcast of Sudarshan News’ communal show

A major controversy erupted when Sudarshan News CMD & editor-in-chief Suresh Chavanke released a promo of his forthcoming episode UPSC Jihad of his television show Bindas Bol on Aug 25.

Regulators High Court

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required