Monday, January 18, 2021
Home News Reports Modi govt scraps Al Jazeera's security clearance, channel files review petition with Home Ministry:...

Modi govt scraps Al Jazeera’s security clearance, channel files review petition with Home Ministry: Reports

As reported by The Economic Times, the government has withdrawn the Al Jazeera’s English television channel’s security clearance, because of which the channel will need to stop its broadcast in the country.

As per reports, the Home Ministry and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting haven’t officially given a reason for the cancellation of security clearance. Per Economic Times, however, the decision could have come after the channel aired a documentary on Kashmir which was deemed to be biased.

The channel’s unapprehended destiny depends on the ruling of the Home Ministry on the review petition filed by Al Jazeera. For any channel to broadcast in India it needs a security clearance from the Home Ministry while the broadcasting license is issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

According to official documents, Al Jazeera English, run by AJI International Pvt Ltd, had received a security clearance from the Home Ministry on the 3rd of December 2010, during the Congress regime, which was later withdrawn on 29th May 2018 during the PM Modi led NDA regime.

Previously too, in 2015 the channel was suspended for five days because it showed an incorrect map of India with respect to Jammu and Kashmir. Al Jazeera was suspended because it was a repeat offence, an official said. The channel showed a blank screen for five days with a message to this effect: “As instructed by the ministry of information and broadcasting, this channel will not be available from 00.01 hours on April 22 till 00.01 hours on April 27, 2015.”

Al Jazeera English is an offshoot of the Qatar-based Arabic Al Jazeera channel, which has often been a target of ire in the Middle East. It’s been described as one of the factors in the ongoing Saudi Arabia-led blockade of Qatar.

Until June this year, India has given 867 private satellite TV channels permission for uplinking and downlinking contents. However, Permissions for 236 have been withdrawn due to various reasons such as the channel owner seeking cancellation, non-operationalisation of the channel, non-submission of documents and other reasons, out of which 147 channels were cancelled between 2015 and June 2018.

Last month, after much prodding by the Information and Broadcasting ministry, thirty television channels which carry Islamic and Pakistani content, including Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, have been banned in Jammu and Kashmir, following the issuance of an order by the Additional District Commissioner of Srinagar.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Related Articles

Trending now

Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms and censorship: The case against it and the ironic case for it

Content creators don’t stay away from picking on other communities because they fear lawsuits or court cases. They stay away because they fear raw street power.

‘Jack Ma is safe and sound’, is ‘laying low’ claims founder and chairman of equity firm Primavera Capital Group

Days after his unflattering opinion of the Chinese authorities, Alibaba founder Jack Ma went mysteriously missing

The vaccine diplomacy: The next battleground between India and China to dominate the global COVID-19 vaccine requirements

With apprehensions surrounding Chinese vaccines swelling, India has taken a lead in helping the world to combat coronavirus with its indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccines

Farmer leader Gurnam Chaduni teamed up with Congress to topple Khattar govt in Rs 10 crore deal: Reports

Chaduni is also accused of instigating 'farmer' protestors to vandalise the venue of Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar's rally earlier this month.

Gujarat: Ram Mandir fund collection rally attacked again, riots in 2 villages of Kutch

Hindu rallies to collect funds for the Ram Mandir attacked in two locations in Kutch, Gujarat.

Waste of talent, resources and time: I watched Tandav on Amazon Prime so you don’t have to

Tandav on Amazon Prime would've died its own slow, painful death and vanished without a whimper has it not got the attention it got in past few days.

Recently Popular

British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik says he loves India and fans can’t keep calm

Recently, Zayn Malik was heard singing Mohammad Rafi's Chaudavi Ka Chand in the track Tightrope.

What the Nidhi-Harvard story reveals about our world: Get off your high horse, you are not that special, anyway

Liberal journalist, Nidhi Razdan, thought she had received an offer from Harvard University to become an Associate Professor of journalism.

‘Not a single NPA in the three decades of its existence,’ Adani Group rubbishes Subramanian Swamy’s allegations

On Friday, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had put out allegations on Twitter against Adani accusing him of non-payment of loans worth Rs 4.5 lakhs, which has allegedly turned into an NPA.

‘Madam Chief Minister’ poster row: Bhim Sena threatens to cut off Richa Chadha’s tongue, actress apologises for poster

The poster of 'Madam Chief Minister' showed Richa Chadha holding a broom. Many have called it an offensive stereotyping of the Dalit community.

Congress admits Mumbai police leaked Arnab Goswami chats: Here are all the wild conspiracy theories they generated

Prithviraj Chavan has admitted that it was the Mumbai Police which leaked the private WhatsApp chats of Arnab Goswami.

Condom over Shivling: Netizens slam actress Sayoni Ghosh for desecrating Hindu symbol, expose her dubious ‘account hacked’ claim

Saayoni Ghosh claimed that her account was hacked and she didn't posted the image in 2015, but netizens proved she is lying

Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms and censorship: The case against it and the ironic case for it

Content creators don’t stay away from picking on other communities because they fear lawsuits or court cases. They stay away because they fear raw street power.

As ‘Tandav’ controversy erupts, an email written by Amit Malviya to Amazon surfaces

Malviya's email and shared an OpIndia report on the open ideological and political bias of Aparna Purohit, the creative head of Prime Videos.

‘Jack Ma is safe and sound’, is ‘laying low’ claims founder and chairman of equity firm Primavera Capital Group

Days after his unflattering opinion of the Chinese authorities, Alibaba founder Jack Ma went mysteriously missing

Condemn desecration Hindu places of worship: Conservative MP from Canada calls for resettlement of Kashmiri pandits in Kashmir

Canadian Conservative MP Bob Saroya has extended his full support to the Modi government for the resettlement and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

Mumbai: NCP leader Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan sent to 14-day judicial custody in drug case

The NCB remand of Sameer Khan, the son-in-law of Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik ends today on January 18.

Uganda: Islamist mob attacks pastor and his wife, demolishes Church building. Here is what we know so far

After the converted Imam joined Church service, the mob demolished parts of the Church, including the roof, windows, benches, musical instruments and doors.

The vaccine diplomacy: The next battleground between India and China to dominate the global COVID-19 vaccine requirements

With apprehensions surrounding Chinese vaccines swelling, India has taken a lead in helping the world to combat coronavirus with its indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccines

Force the Vote: The churn within the Democratic Party, the ‘Fraud Squad’ and the plank for ‘Medicare for All’ that appears abandoned

Progressives within the party want to move the Democratic Party more and more to the left of the political spectrum.

‘Pakistan hand in the conspiracy against Republic has become obvious’: Arnab Goswami hits back at Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Arnab Goswami hits out at Imran khan and Indian media for twisting facts to attack him over his chats leaked by Mumbai Police.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan uses Indian media to target India ahead of Republic Day

Imran Khan tweeted on Monday that the transcripts leaked by Mumbai Police vindicated his government's claims about the Modi government's intentions.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,800SubscribersSubscribe