Alleging that Indian channels were broadcasting news against the country’s sovereignty, Nepal banned some of the news channels on July 10, except for DD News.
Almost a month after the ban was enforced; the government of Nepal began broadcasting all of the Indian news channels in the country on Sunday. The channels that are now being broadcast include Zee News, Aaj Tak, India TV and ABP News.
Issuing a statement, Sudeep Acharya, Managing Director, Dish Home, Nepal, said that Nepal has started airing all Indian news channels which were banned earlier.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>We have started airing all Indian news channels including those banned earlier – Zee News, Aaj Tak, India TV and ABP News, in Nepal: Sudeep Acharya, Managing Director, Dish Home, Nepal</p>— ANI (@ANI) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1289862802987835392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>August 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Alleging that the Indian channels were running news against the sovereignty the country, Nepal had on July 10 banned some of the news channels except for DD News.
In a tweet, the Nepalese government spokesperson, Yuvaraj Khatiwada, called on all not to disseminate news that infringes the dignity and self-respect of the Nepalese.
Nevertheless, three days later, Nepal’s cable television operators partially lifted the ban on private Indian news channels.
The meeting of cable operators agreed to lift the ban on Indian news channels, with only a few news channels still barred in Nepal, said Dhurba Sharma, Vice President of the Television Operators’ Association.
Last month, Nepal had sent a ‘diplomatic note’ to India, urging New Delhi to take steps against the broadcast of materials which it called “fake, baseless and insensitive as well as abusive” to the country and its leadership by a section of the Indian media.