Days after reports emerged about Pakistan, Saudi channels running on televisions in Kashmir, The Jammu and Kashmir Government today directed all District Magistrates (DMs) to ensure these are stopped with immediate effect.
This succeeds a similar directive by the Centre on May 5 to the state government to stop the unauthorised broadcast of such channels.
According to reports, as many as 50 unauthorised channels and shows were being broadcasted in the Valley, including Zakir Naik’s Peace TV.
A directive issued by the state Home Department said these channels had the potential of inciting violence and creating a law and order problem.
The state Home Department directive to all the 22 District Magistrates said that the “transmission of non-permitted TV channels apart from attracting the violation (of the law), has the potential to encourage or incite violence and create law and order disturbances in the Kashmir Valley”.
As per Section 11 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, the District Magistrate has the power to seize the equipment in case of a violation.