New Delhi: Aljazeera’s security clearance has been withdrawn by Government of India over broadcasting documentary about militancy in Kashmir, without which it will need to stop broadcasting in the country.
“The government is keen to call out and prevent any adverse reporting on Kashmir by foreign media outlets,” Economic Times quoted sources as saying.
ET reported that the the decision to withdraw AJ’s security clearance ‘stemmed from the broadcast of a documentary about militancy in Kashmir that was deemed as being biased.’
Aljazeera’s fate now depends on the home ministry’s ruling on a petition by the channel seeking a review, top officials were quoted in the report.
The news organization was given security clearance by the home ministry on December 3, 2010 and withdrawn on May 29, 2018.
“The channel told the government in its representation that the documentary on militant networks in Kashmir devoted a substantial 10 minutes to the central government’s efforts and the views of its officials. This was in the complete version of the documentary but was missed by home ministry officials in the edited version presented to them,” the channel has said.
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