In response to the ban imposed by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on the distribution of AXN in India, the channel has issued a formal apology to the Government of India for alleged violations of Indian content restrictions.
As is known, the I&B Ministry has been cracking its whip on channels showing content not appropriate for family viewing. As such, the Government had prohibited the transmission/re-transmission of AXN throughout the country till March 15, 2007.
The programme in question was ‘World’s Sexiest Advertisements’.
In a statement issued on January 24, AXN stated, “We acknowledge that the I&B Ministry’s ban on the distribution of AXN in India from January 17, 2007 is based on programmes and advertisements that had been previously exhibited on AXN in India. We understand that the ban imposed by the Ministry against AXN is based upon legal procedures contained in India’s Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.”
It further said, “In an effort to resolve this, AXN has issued a formal apology to the Government of India for its alleged violations of Indian content restrictions. AXN has agreed to put in place a significantly improved and more effective system of self-regulation in order to ensure that programmes and advertisements telecast on AXN do not create further problems.”
AXN assured that it was actively cooperating with the Government of India in order to find a resolution to the current situation.
The Government had earlier stated that programmes such as ‘World’s Sexiest Advertisements’ were against good taste or decency and were likely to adversely affect public morality. “Therefore, the Central Government thinks it necessary to prohibit transmission or re-transmission of the said channel in the country. As such, the Central Government in exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, has taken decision to prohibit the transmission/re-transmission of this channel on all platforms,” the order stated.
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