Nepal Lifts Ban on Indian TV Channels, But Not on Zee, Aaj Tak, ABP

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Kathmandu sends ‘Diplomatic note’ to New Delhi seeking steps against broadcast of ‘fake, baseless, insensitive, abusive’ materials

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NEW DELHI — Nepal’s cable television operators that had recently stopped broadcasting all Indian news channels in Nepal, have now decided to undo the blanket-ban. According to Himalayan Times, the cable operators revised their earlier decision on Sunday evening. However, channels like Zee News, ABP News, India TV and Aaj Tak will continue to face the restriction.

Nepali operators on June 9 had decided to stop broadcasting Indian news channels in the country, restricting viewers’ access to any Indian news channels, except for Doordarshan.

The move had come, allegedly, in the wake of “unfounded” reports on Nepal carried by some of the Indian news channels, including their defamatory ‘shows’ on the Nepali Prime Minister along with the Chinese envoy.

These measures, according to Hiamalayan Times, followed the events wherein an Indian news channel, Zee Hindustan, broadcast an imaginative and defamatory programme linking Premier K.P. Sharma Oli with Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi.

“We felt a moral responsibility to block the channels after they aired objectionable content about our country,” Max Digital TV vice chairman Dhurba Sharma told AFP.

Meanwhile, a Press Trust of India report from Kathmandu says that Nepal has sent a ‘diplomatic note’ to India, urging New Delhi to take steps against the broadcast of materials what it called “fake, baseless and insensitive as well as abusive” to the country and its leadership by a section of the Indian media, a source said on Sunday.

There was no immediate reaction from India on the issue.

In the diplomatic note to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) via the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the materials disseminated by a section of the Indian media are “fake, baseless and insensitive as well as abusive to Nepal and Nepali leadership”, according to an aide of the Nepal Prime Minister.

“Such materials are not only misleading and misinforming but also impair the sense of minimum public decency,” the ministry said in the note.

The ill-intentioned “smearing campaign unleashed by a section of Indian media has deeply hurt the feelings of Nepali people and persona of Nepali leadership,” read the note.

It requested the Indian authorities to take measures against these obscene materials on Nepal by a section of the Indian media and make sure that such materials do not find space in the media.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists and Press Council Nepal also condemned some reports of a section of the Indian media.

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