Srinagar: The district administration in Srinagar has asked cable network operators to stop broadcasts of five news channels in Kashmir Valley. The channels have resented the diktat saying their telecast cannot be regulated under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.
District Magistrate Farooq Lone issued notices through SSP Srinagar to SEN Digital Network, JK Media Network Service, and Take One Media to block news channels KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV.
The order says, “Whereas senior superintendent of police, Srinagar, has informed that cable operators operating in district Srinagar are transmitting various programmes which have created law and order problem in the Valley in general and Srinagar in particular, as these cable operators transmit programmes which promote hatred, ill-will, disharmony and a feeling of enmity against the sovereignty of State (sic). Besides some of the channels transmitted by the cable operators viz KBC, Gulistan TV, Munsiff TV, JK Channel and Insaaf TV have started to telecast programmes which have potential of causing mental and physical harm to particular functionaries of the government. Besides, these programmes have caused feeling of prejudice to the maintenance of harmony and public peace.”
Citing provisions of the cable television regulation Act, the district magistrate has “directed” the cable operators to stop telecasting/ transmitting the mentioned channels.
“Action as contemplated under the provisions of cable television networks (regulation) act will be taken against you,” the order reads.
The people associated with these channels said the 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 Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.
“We only depict ground reality of Kashmir. There are some news channels which have become the mouthpiece of the government and no action is being initiated against them,” Yasir Haneef and Ishrat Hussain on behalf of Munsif and KBC channels told local news agency CNS.
Meanwhile, the wife and the daughter of a senior journalist, Qayoom Zulfi, were injured after government forces fired teargas canisters into their residential house at Syed Ali Akbar, Fateh Kadal, late on Wednesday. Zulfi alleged that his house was ransacked by the forces.
“It is the fourth time in the past 55 days that forces have ransacked my house. I appeal to concerned authorities to look into the issue and punish the involved,” Zulfi said.