Srinagar, September 1: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have asked the cable TV operators from Kashmir to stop broadcasting five news channels in Kashmir Valley. The operators of these channels claim that these are all satellite channels and don’t come under the purview of Cable Television Networks (Regulation Act 1995).
District Magistrate Srinagar in this regard has sent notices (vide order number Lgl/144-CrPC/4859-60) through SSP Srinagar to SEN Digital Network, JK Media Network Service and Take One Media asking them to block the news channels like KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV.
The order, a copy issued by District Magistrate Srinagar reads:
The order further reads that, “whereas, Cable Television Network (Regulation Act, 1995) provides a mechanism to regulate the operation of television network and in order to prevent the breach of peace and to stop incitement and instigation of the public to cause mental and physical threat to particular functionaries of the Government.”
Meanwhile, expressing anguish over the government order the people associated with these channels said that government should at least make a distinction between a cable and a satellite channel. “These are all satellite channels which are being aired from outside state of Jammu and Kashmir,” they said and added that Cable Act doesn’t apply to these channels. They further said that the move to bar these channels had “dented the claims” about the improving situation in the Valley.
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