Nepal government has decided to ban an Indian media and news channel in Nepal after the controversial and humiliating news broadcasted about Prime Minister KP Oli and Chinese Ambassador in Nepal. Soon after the announcement from Nepal government, the Foreign channel distributors Multi-System Operators (MSOs) have stopped broadcasting Indian news channels in Nepal.
The channel’s distributors have decided to suspend broadcasting of all Indian news channels except government-owned Doordarshan from Thursday evening, said Dhruv Sharma, vice-president of Mega Max TV. Sharma said Indian TV channels were making false and unruly propaganda about Nepal and had recently made offensive topics aired by adding the names of the Prime Minister and the Chinese Ambassador.
He said, “After the anti-Nepal gossip of Indian news channels crossed the line, we, the distributors, have stopped broadcasting all the Indian news channels that broadcast such objectionable news on their channels.” But unless the government adopts a policy to block content from the internet, we can’t stop broadcasting Indian channels on purpose. ‘
MSOs are urging the government to stop unauthorized video content from the Internet before the government implements the Clean Feed. The government may suspend the broadcasting of foreign channels at any time at the request of cable operators.
Operators including Dishome, Mega Max, DSN, Mero TV have decided to shut down Indian news channels. Sharma of Max TV said that the government will now hold discussions with the Ministry of Communications to block the flow of video content that is not registered in Nepal and comes through the internet.