After strategic silence from Telangana government over MSOs ban of TV9 and Andhra Jyothy Channels in the state, Center has decided to intervene directly in the issue. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar threatened the Telangana MSOs to immediately restore the broadcast of the two channels or face the cancellation of licenses.
The minister had opined that the MSOs are violating rules and are causing hindrances to the freedom of the press guaranteed by the Constitution. He even mentioned that government may consider changing existing TRAI rules so as to bring MSOs under the control of the central government. The Minister is already seeking legal advice in this issue.
Sources in Delhi say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not at all happy with the developments pertaining this issue in Telangana and ordered Javadekar to take corrective measures so that the channels get unbanned immediately. It is known that the channels were banned by the MSOs of the region after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhar Rao slammed them in Assembly for airing derogatory news on the region.
Andhra Jyothy channel had approached the High court regarding the issue. The court had opined that MSOs have no rights to ban any channels. Also the I&B Ministry had written letters twice for Telangana government to intervene. But government is intentionally maintaining silence all the way.