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J&K Govt bans 5 news channels for promoting hatred in the state
The PDP government in Jammu & Kashmir has ordered cable operators to stop transmission of five news channels in the state. The channels have been banned for "fomenting' trouble" in Kashmir during the ongoing unrest.

The government in its directive said that the cable operators have been transmitting programmes that promote hatred, ill-will, disharmony and a feeling of enmity against the sovereignty of State.

"Whereas SSP Srinagar has informed that cable operators operating in district Srinagar are transmitting various programmes which has created law and order problem in the Valley in general and Srinagar in particular as these cable operators transmit programmes that lead to 'feeling of prejudice to the maintenance of harmony and public peace'. The order also states that these programmes promote a feeling of enmity against the sovereignty of State," an order issued by District Magistrate Srinagar to the cable TV operators read.

It has asked the cable operators to stop their transmission with immediate effect. The channels include Gulistan TV, KBC, JK Channel, Munsiff TV and Insaaf TV.

The order further said, "whereas, Cable Television Network (Regulation Act, 1995) provides a mechanism to regulate the operation of television network and in order to prevent the breech of peace and to stop incitement and instigation of the public to cause mental and physical threat to particular functionaries of the Government. You are directed to stop telecasting/transmitting of the programmes of these channels failing which action as contemplated under the provisions of Cable Television Networks (Regulation Act, 1995) will be taken against you".

Ironically, the channels, aired from outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir, are all satellite channels and the Cable TV Networks Act does not apply to these channels.

Earlier the state government had come into severe criticism for banning newspapers for three days during the ongoing unrest.

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