The government of India has decided to put a two-month ban on fashion channel FTV for telecasting obscene program. The ban would be effective from April 1 to May 30. It seems, the government is busy in deciding what is right and what is wrong to watch for the Indian TV audience. Earlier, the government had also banned an entertainment channel AXN for showing ‘obscene’ program.
The Information and broadcasting ministry took notice of a program called ‘Midnight Hot’. The ministry said that the program shows skimpily dressed and semi-naked models. According to the ministry, showing the program in India is against good taste and decency. It denigrates women and it may negatively affect public morality.
The government has asked cable operators across the country to stop transmitting and re-transmitting the satellite channel ‘FTV.com India’ from April 1. The ban would be effective till May 30.
Earlier, the government had issued a show cause notice to channel in August 2006. It had asked the channel that why action should not be taken against it for violating the programming code in India.
Later, FTV representative had said that the channel had withdrawn the program. But the inter-ministerial committee discussed the matter and the government issued ban on the transmission of this channel in India.
I&B minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said:
We do not believe in policing or creating fear in the minds of channels but law has to obey.
The ministry will consider lifting the ban if the channel agrees to play by the rules set by the Indian Cable Television Networks Regulations Act, 1995.
FTV programs have come under scanner for the second time in India. Earlier, during the NDA rule, the channel had skipped a ban by promising former I&B minister Sushma Swaraj to make its content compatible with Indian sensibilities.