I&B Ministry asks them to respond within 7 days
In the aftermath of Lethpora Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy, at least 13 Television channels have been sent a show cause notice by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for ‘broadcasting the presser of Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on February 22’.
According to a show cause notice, a copy of which lies with KNS, reads that the show cause notice has been sent to 13 TV news channels including Tiranga TV, for not following the ministry’s advisory issued on February 14, after the Lehtpora attack that left dozens of CRPF men dead and many others injured .
The Ministry in an advisory had cautioned media to be particularly careful about publishing and broadcasting content that: Likely to encourage or incite violence, contains anything against maintenance of law and order, promotes anti-national attitude and contains anything that affects the integrity of the nation.
The notice reads that the Tiranga channel had shown the media briefing for 20 minutes and 45 seconds with “no intervention” by the channel on the “correctness or otherwise of the claims” made in the briefing.
By doing so, the notice reads that the said channel has violated Rules 6 (e) and 6 [h]of the Programming Code which had been mentioned in the advisory: carrying a programme likely to “encourage or incite violence or … anything against maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes”, and carrying a programme “which contains anything affecting the integrity of the Nation”.
The show cause notice also mentions that the channel did not attempt to intervene to present the correct picture of the situation when the Pakistan Army spokesperson was presenting incorrect facts.
Similar notices were also reportedly sent to 12 other TV channels.
All these channels have been asked to respond without seven days of the issue of the notice with a reason as to why the government should not initiate action against them. (KNS)