Nepal’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada said that the country may seek political and legal remedies and also mobilise diplomatic channels against reports of Indian media attacking their sovereignty and dignity
Cable operators in Nepal have stopped airing all private Indian news channels. India’s national news network Doordarshan has been exempted from this ban. The ban was implemented on Thursday after a final decision was taken by the foreign channel distributors Multi-System Operators (MSOs) following massive online criticism of the coverage of Nepal by Indian news channels. Netizens said that the news coverage portrayed the Nepalese leadership in a bad light.
“We have turned off the signals of the Indian Channels from this evening,” Dhruba Sharma of Mega Max TV, a Channel operator of Nepal confirmed to ANI.
The move by Nepal’s Multi-System Operators (MSO) comes hours after former Deputy Prime Minister and Spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the Indian media must stop the “baseless propaganda” against Nepal government and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Mr Shrestha expressed his disbelief on the extent to which some media channels have gone to defame the current government.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between India and Nepal after Kathmandu issued a new map incorporating some portions of Indian territories in May.