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Breaking News :  MIB withdraws permission to four news channels due to denial of security clearance
MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting (MIB) has withdrawn
permission of four news channels due
to denial of security clearance by the
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). These
channels are 7 SEA, Mahuaa News UP,
ABC News and Voice of Nation.
While Mahuaa News UP is owned by
debt-laden Mahuaa Media, which also
runs Bhojpuri general entertainment
channel Mahuaa TV, 7 Sea is a Punjabi
language news and infotainment
channel owned by Mohali-based Panj
Darya Telecasting.
ABC News is a Telugu news channel
owned by Vijayawada-based Akhil
Broadcasting while Voice of Nation is
a Dehradun-based Hindi news channel
owned by Northern India Holdings.
In a written reply to a question in the
Lok Sabha, minister of state for
Information and Broadcasting
Rajyavardhan Rathore said that as per
provisions of ‘Uplinking and
Downlinking guidelines’, security
clearance to the applicant company,
its directors and key applicants is a
pre-requisite for running TV
“Accordingly, the Government has
withdrawn permissions to four TV
channels namely 7 SEA, Mahuaa News
UP, ABC News and Voice of Nation, due
to denial/withdrawal of security
clearance by Government of India,” he
In a written reply to another
question, Rathore said that the
government has given permission to 36
TV channels to be uplinked from India
and downlinked abroad under the
uplinking guidelines.
He further said that TV channels
operating in India, which have been
uplinked but are meant only for
foreign viewership, are not required
to comply with the programme and
advertisement code of India.
The channels concerned will be
required to ensure compliance of the
rules and regulations of the target
country for which content is being
produced and uplinked, he said.
Rathore, however, said that the
uplinked content should not contain
anything which is against the
sovereignty, integrity and national
security of India as well as its
relations with friendly countries.
For monitoring purposes, these
channels will be required to preserve
the recordings of proceedings for at
least six months, he said.
Rathore also said that as per policy
guidelines for Private FM Radio Phase
III, security clearance is a part of
eligibility criterion. “Security
clearance to certain companies was
withdrawn by Government of India.
However, the matter is sub-judice,”
he said.
In reply to another question, Rathore
said that Prasar Bharati had spent Rs
23.11 crore (Rs 231.1 million) in
financial year 2014-15 on setting up
DD Kisan channel.
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