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I&B Ministry took action against 17 channels for violation of programme code in 2015

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has taken action against 17 television channels in 2015 for violation of the Programme and Advertisement Code, as per information provided by the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the Rajya Sabha.

In the period between 2012 and August 2015, the MIB took action on 91 complaints against different TV channels. The ambit of action included warnings, advisories, apology scrolls and prohibiting transmission of channels for a fixed period.

Of the 17 channels that faced the flak in 2015, the ministry had issued orders prohibiting transmission for varied duration against four channels, namely NTV, Satlon News, Jai Hind, and Al Jazeera.

The remaining channels were let off either with a warning or with the direction of running an apology scroll on their channels. Colors TV was directed to run an apology scroll for telecast of ‘Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi: Dan Ka Blockbuster’.

The ministry had also issued two advisories for news channels. One advisory prohibited the news channels from airing documentary ‘India’s Daughter’. Another advisory concerned the telecast of Republic Day Parade with sign language commentary on 26 January. One advisory for all TV channels pertained to telecast of live coverage of counter-terrorism operations.

Rathore said that the MIB has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to look into the violations suo motu or whenever violation of the Programme and Advertising Code is brought to the notice of the ministry.

The IMC has representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence, External Affairs, Law, Women & Child Development, Health & Family Welfare, Consumer Affairs, as well as an industry representative from the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).

The IMC meets periodically and recommends action in respect of violations.

Rathore also stated that the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) monitors TV channels uplinked from and downlinked into India with regard to violation of the Programme and Advertising Code as contained in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules framed thereunder.

The MIB has provided an EMMC budget of Rs 22.41 crore (budget estimate) for 2015–16. The amount was Rs 27.46 crore and Rs 20.54 crore for 2014–2015 and 2013–2014.

sl. No
Name of the Channel
Reason for Show Cause Notice
Details of action taken
1Colors TVTelecast of programme namely " Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi-Dan Ka Blockbuster"A order dated 08.01.2015 was issued to the channel thereby warning the channel and directing it to run an apology scroll for on day
2Lemon NewsTelecast of programme namely "Khauf Ke 10 Destination"A warning dated 1 9.01 .2015 was issued to the channel
3NTVTelecast a song-based programme'Cine Colors'An order dated 19.01.2015 was issued to the channel for taking the channel off air for seven dav.
4All News ChannelsTelecast a programme of Republic Day Parade with sign language commentary on 26th Jan., 2015An Advisory dated 19.01.2015 was issued to the all News channels
5All News ChannelsTelecast of documentarv programme India's DaughterAn Advisory dated 03.03.2015 was issued to the all News channels restraining not to telecast the said documentary proqramme.
6AII TV ChannelTelecast of live coverage of counter-terrorism operations.An Advisory dated 20.03.2015 was issued to all TV channels.
724 Ghanta TVTelecast of news report showing death of a young man without morphing or blurringAn Warning dated 23.03.2015 was issued to channel
8NTVTelecast of news reDort revealed the identity of sexual harassment minor bovAn Warning dated 23.03.2015 was issued to channel
9Satlon NewsTelecast of News report about a private corporate party organised in a five star hotel on the Pune-Mumbai hiqhwavAn order was issued on 27.03.2015 to the channel to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of channel for 30 dav.
10TV9Telecast a 'Bullet News' political satire targeting Chief Minister of TelanqanaAn order was issued on 27.03.2015 to the channel for running apology scroll.
11Jai HindTelecast of 'A; certified film, titled'Hai Harithe'An order was issued on 07.04.2015 to the channel to orohibit the transmission or re-transmission of channel for one dav.
12Aljazeera
Telecast of News report carried wrong graphical map of India repeatedly.An order was issued on 10.04.2015 to the channel to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of  channel for 5 day.
13Sudarshan
News
Telecast of a programme called BINDAAS BOL making allegation about non-salutation of National Flag on the Republic Day by the Hon’ble Vice President.A warning dated 17.06.2015 was issued to the channel.
14Raj NewsTelecast of disturbing visuals of dead bodies without blurring.A warning dated 22.06.2015 was
issued to the channel
15Russia
Today TV
Telecast of obscene
programme ’Crazy Alert'
An Advisory dated 06.07.2015 was
issued the channel.
16Raj NewsTelecast of disturbing visuals of a women body burning up into flames without blurring.A warning dated 02.07.2015 was
issued to the channel.
                        
17Channel 2
News
Telecast of disturbing visuals
of a man dead body without
blurring
A warning dated 22.07.2015 was
issued to the channel.
18All News
Channels
Telecast of live coverage of
any anti-terrorist operation by
security forces.
An advisory dated 27.07.2015 was issued to all news channels.
19A2Z News
The Channel telecast news reports on various date and revealed the identity of Sexual assault minor victimsA warning dated 07.08.2015 was issued to the channel.
20DY 365Telecast of News story defame the image of MLA and denigrating women.A order dated 07.08.2015 was issued to the channel thereby warning the channel and directing it to run an apology scroll for one day
21News Time
Assam
Telecast of News story
defame the image of MLA and
denigrating women.
A order dated 07.08.2015 was issued
to the channel thereby warning the
channel and directing it to run an
apology scroll for one day.

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