Exercise restraint, government tells TV channels

Fearing that repeated telecast of violent incidents and rioting over the Cauvery water dispute by a few television channels could escalate tensions, the Centre on Tuesday asked the channels to exercise restraint in their coverage of such incidents.

In its advisory, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it came to its notice that after the recent incidents over the Cauvery dispute, some TV channels had been telecasting “provocative and inflammatory” news. Some channels were repeatedly airing incidents of violence. “These could further ignite tensions, and cause law and order in both affected States to deteriorate,” it said.

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