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Broadcasting Ban on Indian News Channels in Nepal

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On 9th July 2020, except for the Indian State-owned Doordarshan’s news channel DD News, Nepal based Multi-System Operators have issued a broadcasting ban on all other Indian News Channels in Nepal.

Nepal Communist Party Accused Indian Media

Earlier on 9th July 2020, the Spokesperson of Nepal Communist Party Narayan Kaji Shrestha had accused Indian News Channels of broadcasting defamatory shows against the Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

As per media reports from Nepal, the decision to ban broadcasting of Indian News Channels by the Multi-System Operators was taken after one of the Indian news channels had broadcasted a show in which the Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is being linked with the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal- Hou Yanqi for preventing the Nepal Communist Party Government from collapsing in Nepal.

Past Instance of Nepal issuing Broadcasting Ban on Indian Channels

Back in November 2015, Cable TV Operators of Nepal has blocked 42 Indian Channels from broadcasting in Nepal. The 2015 broadcasting ban of Indian Channels was due to the Nepalese Government accusing the Indian Government of slowing or stopping cross border traffic along the Nepal Border.

Indian Government didn’t slow or stopped the traffic on purpose along the Nepal border, the stoppage or slowed traffic was due to protests in Southern Parts of Nepal by the Nepali Citizens due to the newly adopted constitution of Nepal.
Source: The GKtoday

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