Assam news channel to be taken off air for a day for violating programming guidelines several times
The channel had revealed the identity of a minor, who was hired as domestic help and then tortured brutally by the employers.
NDTV is the not the only news channel that will be taken off air for a day on November 9. The Centre has imposed a one-day black out penalty on the news channel based out of Assam for allegedly violating programming guidelines several times, PTI reported. As per the directive issued by the Information and Broadcasting ministry on November 2, ‘News Time Assam’ will be taken off air on November 9 for a day.
The central government’s action was based on allegations that the news channel ran a programme that revealed the identity of a minor who was hired as domestic help and brutally tortured by the employers. A showcause notice was issued to the channel in October 2013 in connection with the case. The government order also cited other occasions where the channel had violated regulations under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, such as one telecast of gory visuals of bodies, and another programme which was allegedly insulting to women. “The inter-ministerial committee [that looked into the case] clarified that the TV channel can be allowed to carry out the three awards of one day off air concurrently,” the ministry said in its order. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu (pictured above) is in charge of the ministry.
The Centre has also imposed a day-long ban on NDTV India for its coverage of the Pathankot attacks. The Hindi news channel will be off air from 1 pm on November 9 till 1 pm on November 10 for revealing “strategically-sensitive” information while covering the incident in January. The government's action has been criticised by the Editors' Guild of India and several politicians, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.