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Monday, 11 November 2019 14:23

Ayodhya Verdict: MIB issues advisory to news broadcasters on maintaining Programming Code

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To pre-empt any conflict on the eve of Ayodhya verdict (9 Nov), the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has issued an advisory asking private TV channels, cable operates and DTH operators to ensure “strict conformity” to the Programming Code in the Cable TV Act.

The Ministry said: “It becomes imperative to ensure that debates/discussions/visuals carried out in the electronic media do not incite any divisive or anti-national feelings or sentiments.”

As per Programming Code, any programme should not contain visuals or words which are contemptuous of religious groups and should not promote anti-national attitudes. It also states that programming content should not have anything that amounts to contempt of court or affects the integrity of the nation.

In Oct, News Broadcasting Standards Authority of India (NBSA) had also advised its members to exercise caution in telecast of any news related to the Ayodhya matter.

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