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MIB issues notice to NDTV India for violation of code while covering Pathankot terrorist attack

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting ( MIB) has issued a show-cause notice to NDTV Group’s Hindi news channel NDTV India for allegedly violating the Programme Code of the Cable TV Networks Rules, 1994 while doing live coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack.

Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the MIB Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that the channel violated Rule 6(1)(p), which states that no programme should be carried in the cable service “which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, wherein media coverage shall be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate Government, till such operation concludes”.

The ministry had brought out amendments on 23 March 2015 to Rule 6 of the Cable TV Networks Rules, 1994 to prohibit live coverage of operation by security forces.

Rathore said that the ministry takes action as and when the report of the violation of Rule 6(1)(p) of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 is received. “One case of alleged violation of Rule 6(1)(p) has been received against NDTV India TV channel for live coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack. A show-cause notice has been issued to the TV channel,” he said.

In order to implement the Cable Television Rules, 1994, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued advisories to the states whereby the DGP of the state concerned would specify an operation and the spokesperson of the state police would brief the media during anti-terrorist operations.