The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to all TV channels against telecasting live coverage of counter-terrorism operations by security forces.
The ministry said that some TV channels have done live coverage of ongoing anti-terrorist operations on 20 March. It also said that the media coverage maybe restricted to periodic briefing by an authorised official until the conclusion of the operation.
“Therefore, all TV channels are hereby advised in public interest to safeguard innocent lives, to ensure that no operation-linked information reaches the terrorists and their handlers, and in the interest of national security, live coverage of counter-terrorism operation by the security forces should not be telecast,” the ministry said in its advisory.
The advisory also drew the attention of news channels to Clauses 5.9 and 8.1 of the uplinking guidelines and Clauses 5.8 and 6.1 of the downlinking guidelines, as well as applicable provisions of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules there under in this regard.