Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Govt. bans Red FM for seven days

New Delhi, Oct. 3 (PTI): Terming the remarks of Red FM
radio jockey against the Gorkha community as "derogatory",
the Government has banned the radio channel for seven days.
"The remarks indeed hurt the sentiments of the Gorkha
(Nepali) community and the steps taken by them did not
help as the violence continued even after that. So we
decided to impose a ban of seven days on the channel," a
senior Information and Broadcasting ministry official said,
adding the order would be subject to the outcome of Telecom
Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal's hearing.
The ban would be subject to the outcome of the channel's
appeal against the showcause notice by the Ministry in the
TDSAT, which will take up the matter tomorrow.
The alleged derogatory remarks made by a radio jockey of
the channel on the winner of Indian Idol, Prashant Tamang,
had triggered clashes and violence in Siliguri last week.

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