The Central Government has decided to revoke the prohibition imposed on the transmission of Live India on all platforms with effect from October 12 midnight. The I&B Ministry had imposed a ban on the channel on September 20.
The Central Government had imposed a prohibition of one month, with effect from September 20 to October 20, 2007, on the transmission of Janmat TV, which was renamed as Live India, for telecasting a sting operation on a school teacher Uma Khurana, as the said sting operation was found to be defamatory, deliberate, false and contained suggestive innuendos and half truths; incited violence and contained content against maintenance of law and order; criticised, maligned and slandered an individual in person; and denigrated children.
The statement issued by the I&B Minisrty stated, “M/s Broadcast Initiatives Limited, distributor and uplinking applicant for Janmat TV channel, vide their appeal dated September 21 and October 4, 2007, inter alia, submitted that there was no deliberate attempt by the channel to defame anybody by telecast of the said sting operation and that they had exercised all due diligence and care as per prevailing industry practice. It subsequently emerged that the reporter had misled them and unfortunately the sting operation telecast on August 30, 2007 took a different shape.”
The channel had then requested the Ministry to reconsider the prohibition of transmission of the channel for one month, since the ban had put a question mark on the commercial viability of their channel. In the statement, the channel has assured that it is committed to effectively using journalism in the best interests of the nation and society by following the highest standards of journalism, and that it would be observing and minutely complying with all the relevant provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the requisite licence conditions.
Stung, Live India taken off air for a month from midnight of September 20