All Indian news channels that have been involved in false propaganda about Nepal for the past few months have been shut down. Foreign channel distributors Multi-System Operators (MSOs) have stopped broadcasting Indian news channels in Nepal.

Decision to stop broadcasting of Indian News channels in Nepal

Broadcasting of Indian news channels entering Nepal without any hindrance has been stopped in Nepal. Vice-president of Mega Max TV Dhruv Sharma said that the channel’s distributors have decided to suspend broadcasting of all Indian news channels in Nepal except government-owned Doordarshan from Thursday evening,

Sharma said Indian TV channels were making exaggerated and unbridled propaganda about Nepal and had recently made objectionable 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 own advice.” But unless the government adopts a policy to block content from the internet, we can’t stop broadcasting Indian channels on purpose. ‘

Recently Indian TV channel ZEE Media had aired a fictional and offensive report on Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. Weaving a fictional story about Prime Minister Oli and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanchi, the TV had carried out unbridled propaganda without even considering the diplomatic dignity.

Earlier this week, The Times of India published a disrespectful picture of Prime Minister Oli in its editorial. Indo Asian News Service, India Today, WION, Times Now and Republic TV are other Indian media outlets which ran baseless reports linking PM Oli with the Chinese ambassador to Nepal.

MSOs are urging the government to stop unauthorized video content from the Internet before the government implements clean feed. The government may suspend the broadcasting of Indian news channels in Nepal at any time at the request of cable operators.

Operators including Dishome, Mega Max, DSN, My TV have decided to stop broadcasting of Indian News channels in Nepal. 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.

Sharma also said that the decision was made to send a message that Indian news channels could be shut down at any time. He said that 2.5-3 million viewers would not be able to watch television when the channel was closed, but the government should also decide to stop Indian media channels and websites on the digital app.

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