Kashmir cable

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/06/2011

Last week Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  said his government would not allow local cable channels to resume broadcasting news. “We are not going to allow local channels to broadcast news, not in the immediate future,” When asked about minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din’s reported remarks that he would resign if the channels are not allowed to broadcast news, Omar said: “I don’t want to lose a capable minister for a few channels. I will talk to the minister on the issue. I have no intention of changing my decision."

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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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