Kashmir DM’s told to stop broadcast of Pakistani, Saudi channels

BK News Bureau/Srinagar
May 8, 2017 TOP STORIES 412 Views
Kashmir DM’s told to stop broadcast of Pakistani, Saudi channels

The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed all District Magistrates (DMs) of the state to ensure that 34 ‘illegal’ channels, mostly from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, were not transmitted on cable networks, saying they have the potential to encourage or incite violence in the Valley.
The order, which was passed yesterday, comes a day after Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over the broadcast of these channels by cable operators in the valley and asked the state government to stop their transmission immediately.
“The transmission of non-permitted TV channels by the cable operators attracts violation of the Cable TV Networks Regulation Rules,” an order issued by Principal Secretary, Home Department, R K Goyal yesterday, to all the DMs of the state said.
The order said that transmission of such channels apart from attracting the violation has the potential to encourage or incite violence and create law and order disturbances in the Kashmir Valley.
Goyal asked DMs to clarify as to what action has been taken in regard to media reports that certain cable operators were transmitting such non-permitted channels.
Asking district authorities to act tough on such cable operators, the order said as per Section 11 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, the district magistrate has the power to seize the equipment in case of a violation.
The 34 channels listed by the state home department, headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, include Urdu and English channels of Peace TV of Zakir Naik, ARY QTV, Madni Channel, Noor TV, Hadi TV, Paigam, Hidayat, Saudi Al- Sunnah Al-Nabawiyah, Saudi-Al-Quran Al-Karim, Sehar, Karbala TV, Ahli-biat TV, Message TV, Hum TV, ARY Digital Asia, Hum Sitaray, ARY Zindagi, PTV Sports, ARY Musik, TV One, ARY Masala, ARY Zauq, A TV, Geo News, ARY News Asia, Abb Takk News, Waseb TV, 92 News, Duniya News, Samna News, Geo Tez, Express News and ARY News.
Kashmir valley has witnessed a sprung in clashes between locals, mostly students, and security forces, besides militants attacks during the last over a month.
Following upward spiral in the violence, the state government last month banned 22 social networking sites, including Facebook and Whatsapp, saying they are used to incite violence and spread rumours. However, the banned sites are still accessible on all mobile networks though Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and on state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) broadband service.

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