Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment bans MediaOne news channel again, HC suspends order execution for 2 days

The Malayalam news channel MediaOne TV went off air after a ban on information and broadcasting, but was back hours later after the stay by the Kerala high court. Ministry officials said the channel was banned after reports that its content was contrary to national security interests.

Justice N Nagaresh held up the government’s ban until Wednesday’s hearing. The court has informed the Center about this. It has also sent a notice to Planetcast Media Services which provides broadcasting services to the channel.

MediaOne TV had requested an extension of the broadcasting rights until September 29, 2031. Editor Pramod Raman said in a statement that the I&B ministry had imposed a broadcasting ban on the channel. “The ministry has said the ban was for security reasons, but the channel has not yet received any details. The Union government has not made the details of the ban available to MediaOne TV,” the statement said.

MLA MK Muneer of the Indian Union Muslim League opposed the ban, calling it a “silencing of critical voices,” in a tweet. The channel was also taken off air in 2020 after the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment alleged it violated the provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, in its coverage of the violence in Delhi following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Government officials have blamed RSS and the Delhi police for the riots.

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