Nepal bans all Indian news channels except Doordarshan, says Indian channels running false anti-Nepal propaganda
Cable television producers in Nepal have switched off signals for all Indian news channels, except Doordarshan. The move came hours after former Deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that “baseless propaganda by Indian media against the Nepal government and our PM” should stop.
Android Rookies learned this from a tweet by Indian Newsman Rajdeep Sardesai that said “Breaking now: Nepal bans all Indian news channels except DD. Says channels running false anti-Nepal propaganda.. well, some run propaganda, period!”
Breaking now: Nepal bans all Indian news channels except DD. Says channels running false anti Nepal propaganda.. well, some run propaganda, period!🙏
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 9, 2020
Bishnu Ramal, the chief advisor to PM KP Sharma Oli, said “news stories and comments coming from the Indian media against the government and Prime Minister of Nepal are highly objectionable”.
The news stories and comments coming from the Indian media against the Government and Prime Minister of Nepal are highly objectionable thus condemnable. Such reports do not care about the basic ethics of journalism.
— Bishnu Rimal (@BishnuRimal) July 9, 2020
This must be because the Indian government opposed the new map introduced by the Nepal government. The Nepal government introduced a Constitutional Amendment Bill to incorporate the Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura in its map.
It was passed by the House of Representatives and the Upper House on June 13 and June 18 respectively and subsequently ratified by the Nepal President. Opposing the new map, MEA official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stressed that the “artificial enlargement of claims” is not based on any evidence.
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