New Delhi: Two Malayalam news channels – Asianet News and MediaOne TV – that were banned for 48 hours on Friday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for allegedly communally insensitive coverage of Delhi violence, are back on air. While Asianet News was back on air at 1:30 AM today, the telecasting of MediaOne TV resumed this morning. Also Read - Tahir Hussain Arrested And Remanded to 4-Day Police Custody in IB Staffer's Murder Case
Notably, the news channels were taken off air at 7:30 pm yesterday for their telecast of news reports on the Delhi violence that violate certain provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. Also Read - Don't Use 'My Lordship', 'My Lord' For me: Justice S Muralidhar to Punjab And Haryana High Court Lawyers
Pointing out that certain news reports on the two channels violated Rule 6(1)c and Rule 6(1)e of the Cable Television Act 2000, the ministry had separately issued individual showcause notices to the two news channels. Also Read - Five More Held For IB Staffer Ankit Sharma's Murder, Total Seven Arrested in Case Thus Far
Rule 6(1)c provides that no programme should be carried in the cable service which contains an attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes. Rule 6(1)e provides that no programme should be carried in the cable service which is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes.
“Channel’s reporting on Delhi violence seems to be biased as it is deliberately focusing on the vandalism of CAA supporters. Such telecast could incite violence & pose danger to maintenance of law & order situation, particularly when the situation is already highly volatile & charged up & riots are taking place in the area with reports of killings & bloodbath,” the notification issued by the government reportedly stated.
On February 25, communal clashes had erupted in North East districts of the national capital following violence between anti-and-pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act groups spiralled out of control. The violence had left 53 people and around 200 injured.