Home Ministry withdraws security clearance to Al Jazeera, channel may have to stop broadcasting in India

The Qatar-based channel has appealed to the government against the withdrawal of the security clearance and a final decision on it is awaited, a government official said.

Published: 24th August 2018 07:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2018 03:06 AM   |  A+A-

Al Jazeera's office (Photo | AP)


NEW DELHI: Al Jazeera, an international English news channel, may have to stop broadcast in India as the Home Ministry has withdrawn the security clearance given to it.

The Qatar-based channel has appealed to the government against the withdrawal of the security clearance and a final decision on it is awaited, a government official said.

Though the reasons for the action against Al Jazeera are not known, a documentary on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir telecast by the channel is believed to have upset the central security establishment, leading to the decision.

When contacted, a Home Ministry official said it is the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which takes the decision on the issue of broadcasting licence given to any media outlet.

"Our role is limited to matters related to security clearance.

The decision on cancellation of the broadcasting licence will be taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," the official said.

Another official said the security clearance was given by the Home Ministry on December 3, 2010, and withdrawn on May 29, 2018.

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  • Triad

    No wonder people feel that our freedoms are threatened under the current government. One more channel we don't have to worry about. One less source of information denied to citizens. No wonder we call it an undeclared emergency.
    5 months ago reply
  • Arshi

    Why Al Jazeera Why not CNBC or Zee or budding false news channel who broadcast wrong news.
    5 months ago reply
  • Suresh Murty

    Could be something realistic unlike the pet and morally decrepit Indian news channels. But this is interesting because I was unaware that the Modi govt. can muzzle international TV channels in this fashion. Can they actually block BBC or CNN etc.??
    5 months ago reply
  • Krishna

    Time to stop the Islamic Propaganda Channel from having free reign in India. Let's not allow Muslim hate into this country any more than we already have
    5 months ago reply
  • MP

    Very good move. Al Jazeera clearly have agendea and clear pro Prokistan bias in each and every program. No reason for India to allow Porki mouthpiece in India !
    5 months ago reply
  • rana

    around 4 crore Indians are working in Muslims countries so take care them as well as they are sending money in india
    5 months ago reply
  • h

    Regularisation is as importance as security of a nation. There may be biting dogs, venomous flies they can sting at any and anytime . A security precaution on media is a great must now a days. because media can make nonsense than greatness in the heart of commuters.
    5 months ago reply
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