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4/27/2007

Bangladesh bans 10 foreign TV channels

Filed under: bangladesh,global islands — admin @ 7:27 am

Bangladesh’s army-backed interim government banned 10 foreign satellite television channels, saying they were violating laws governing public morality. The Information Ministry said in a statement that local cable operators had been told to stop airing the channels because their programmes were “contrary to clause 19 of the Cable TV Network Operation Act, 2006.” It didn’t give more details.

A cable TV operator said the law prohibited broadcasters from showing vulgar and obscene programmes or those seen as violating local customs and sensibilities. The banned channels are – Channel V, AXN, Fashion TV, Zoom, Ren TV, Gcop, Music India, Cine Max, The Music and Zee Trendz.

Bangladesh’s interim administration has launched a crackdown on corruption and vowed to improve law and order, since it took office after emergency was imposed in January, media reports said.

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