Banning of Islamic channels violates freedom of speech: Bar

Banning of Islamic channels violates freedom of speech: Bar
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Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar, on Thursday strongly condemned the banning of 30 Islamic and other television channels in Kashmir, and describes the same a blatant violation of the freedom of speech and expression.
According to a statement, The Bar Association maintains that a District Magistrate, in terms of Section 19 of the Cable Television Network (Registration) Act, 1995, has the power to prohibit any cable operator from transmitting or re-transmitting any programme or channel, if it is necessary or expedient in public interest to do so but such an order can be passed by him, only if the programme is not in conformity with the prescribed “Programme Code” or “Advertisement Code”.
“Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, describes only those programmes against “Programme Code”, which offend against good taste or decency, contain criticism of friendly countries, contain attack on religious groups or promote communal attitude, contain anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths or is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order, or anything amounting to contempt of court, or to denigrate women or children or injure public morality or contain visuals of words, which reflect as slandering, ironical or snobbish attitude in the portrayal of certain ethnic, linguistic and regional groups, which none of the channels banned by District Magistrate, Srinagar, have been accused of by the District Magistrate,” Bar said.
“The channels which have been banned by the District Magistrate, are mostly transmitting or re-transmitting the programmes based on philosophy of Islam,” they said.
The Bar Association demands that the ban order should be rescinded forthwith, so that there is free flow of information with regard to the message of Islam and people are also able to understand the doctrine and philosophy of their religion without any impediment or obstruction and the cable operators are also in a position to earn their livelihood without being subjected to such a harsh treatment.

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