Indian News channel banned in Nepal: – On Thursday, the Nepalese government decided to ban the broadcast of all private news channels in India, claiming that they had been broadcasting content that was damaging to the country’s national sentiments.
Viewers will not have access to any Indian news channels except for Doordarshan State News, according to the operator’s latest decision. Cable operators in Nepal have banned Indian news channels except for Doordarshan channel with effect from the afternoon of Thursday, July 9.
Why & How Indian News Channel Banned In Nepal
The ban was implemented on Thursday after foreign channel distributors, multiple system operators (MSO), made a final decision after massive online criticism of Nepal’s coverage by Indian news channels.
It is said that the news coverage portrayed the Nepalese leadership in a bad way. On July 7, an Indian news channel called “Zee Hindustan” released a questionable news report that unnecessarily sensitizes meetings between Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi.
Several fictitious allegations and personal comments were made about both PM Oli and Ambassador Hou in the news report.
Similarly, the Times of India which is an apparently one of India’s leading print media published an editorial titled “Oli’s Political Problems” with an insulting illustration in the prime minister’s image.
In an earlier press conference, Nepal’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Yuba Raj Khativada, claimed that the Indian media was broadcasting news that jeopardized the sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalese citizens.
He mentioned that diplomatic means would be mobilized to control the alleged disinformation spread by the Indian media.
Also, the main spokesman for the Communist Party of Nepal, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, alleged that the Indian media was broadcasting unsubstantiated propaganda against Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
In addition, the chief adviser to the Prime Minister of Nepal, Bishnu Rimal, condemned the Indian news reports related to KP Sharma Oli. According to him, this went against the basic ethics of journalism.
According to the Communication and Information Technology Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, in response to a question about certain Indian channels broadcasting questionable content about Prime Minister Oli and Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi, said that Nepal will not allow foreign television channels dedicated to the murder of the character of its leaders and will seek legal solutions against these media.
Nepal does not want to interfere in media affairs.
Not only foreign but even national television channels will be regulated if they are found to be broadcasting offensive content or if they are committing a character assassination of Nepalese citizens and leaders and are deemed disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nepal.
Against such channels, Nepal will also seek political and legal remedies. Since the government of Nepal released a new map of the country that includes territories claimed by India and Nepal, Oli has been a target of the Indian leadership and media.
The new map has stressed relations between Nepal and China with exchanges of strong statements. Kathmandu’s relations with New Delhi worsened after Oli said last week at an internal party meeting that India was trying to remove him from his post with the help of some of his party members.
India, which has traditionally exerted influence in Nepal for decades is suspicious of China’s growing involvement in the small nation of the Himalayas.
The ultimate goal of journalism is to provide credibly, verified, and fact-based news to consumers. But the way the Indian media portrays the Nepal-China relationship is nothing less than malicious distortion.
Also, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, tweeted that The news and comments made about Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the Nepalese leaders and Nepal make me believe that Eastern civilization is being ridiculed.
Nepalese leaders Pradeep Nepal and Upendra Yadav, among others, have also spoken out against the Indian media.
Journalists have said that exaggerating Nepal’s politics and international relations in a ridiculously negative light has raised a huge question mark about the credibility of the Indian media. The news should always be fact-based and not speculative.
But the Indian media is far from fact-based. It would be fine if the news about Nepal being broadcast by the Indian media had been objectively correct.
The recent news reports on the relations between Nepal and China that are being broadcast in the Indian media are not backed by facts, according to the lead Journalist Dhruba Hari Adhikari.
He also added that the Indian media reports on Nepal appeared to be propaganda driven by official government agencies. The news appears to be presented in an organized way to misinform people.
Spreading misleading news would only erode the credibility of the Indian media. Readers/viewers must be vigilant while watching the news that is attended by the Indian media.
We should understand that news is published for the purpose of misinforming people and consuming the news with much suspicion.
The Indian media is not complying with the fundamental standards and principles of journalism. The way they report relations between Nepal and China cannot be called “journalism”.
This is a total misuse of the media and injustice to the profession of journalist, said by the former president of the Federation of Journalists of Nepal, Bishnu Nisthuri. He also added that they are damaging their own reputation.
Having a solid relationship is a natural characteristic of a sovereign nation. There is no need to distort simple issues like an official meeting between the Prime Minister and the Ambassador. This only destroys people’s trust in the media.
Making unfounded accusations and rebuking the internal affairs of a sovereign and independent nation in the name of journalism cannot be called news.
This is another disgusting move by Indian journalism, which is also it’s wrong diplomatically, according to FNJ president, Govinda Acharya. He also added that the government should take action against all of this through diplomatic channels. Such Indian media that are spreading speculative news should be banned in Nepal.
It appears that much Indian media have yet to learn how their presentation and broadcast of news was scented during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and people in Nepal had even started #BackoffIndianmedia on social media like Twitter.
Hou’s involvement in Nepal’s internal politics has been widely reported in the Indian media. She courted a new controversy after holding meetings with Nepalese political leaders at a time when the ruling Nepalese Communist Party (PCN) was grappling with internal conflicts, and the now-ended division was still imminent.
In recent months she has met with Oli, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda, “President Bidya Bhandari, and key leaders of the PNC, according to Hindustan Times. The Indian media, however, have tried to portray the Chinese ambassador’s meetings as part of a grand scheme orchestrated by Beijing.
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This is not the first time that Nepal has blocked the Indian media. Kathmandu had also blocked India’s news and entertainment channels in 2015, when relations hit rock bottom after a blockade on the India-Nepal border.
India and Nepal have historical ties, but these have been strained over and over again with border disputes and India’s political interference in Nepal. After India inaugurated a road through Lipulekh, the tension between Nepal and India is increasing.
This has become a masala for the Indian media to increase its Target Rating Points (TRP). The Indian media these days are busy developing conspiracy theories about how China is plotting everything against India, taking Nepal as a medium.
Nepal not only has to fight for its land but also with the Indian media. This is not the first time that the Nepalese have fought with the Indian media. In 2015, they faced a backlash in Nepal due to their insensitive and jingoistic reports of the Nepal earthquake.
They were glorifying Indian support as the sole savior and portraying stories of earthquake victims as Indian Tele serials.
Recently, the Indian media has found another story by interpreting the protests of people on the streets of Nepal against the government with the pressure to increase the PCR test for COVID-19 as Nepalese youth against the government’s initiative regarding the new map of Nepal.
In recent years, the Indian media have become ambassadors for political power. In recent years, they have been characterized as Modi’s media since the corporate power of media shares close ties with government leaders.
Therefore, many civil society leaders in India have regarded the media these days as the prime minister’s puppet; their role is to build fantasy stories and portray Narendra Modi as the nation’s selfless warrior.
Recently, the way the Indian media attacked actress Manisha Koirala regarding her reaction to border disputes as a traitor to India. This shows how they advertise and forget to set agendas as the fourth state organ.
Similarly, organizing talk shows with #ChinaUsesIndia as a theme reflects how responsible these media are in terms of credibility. There are even bigger jingoistic records from the Indian media when India carried out surgical attacks on Pakistan.
When the Indian army carried out a surgical attack on the Indo-Pak border, the mainstream media was busy narrating the ultra-nationalist rhetoric. It was similar to how Bollywood theaters portray the Indo-Pak war in their films with imaginary scripts and glorification.
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