Nepal bans all Indian news channels except Doordarshan, cites 'baseless propaganda' against govt. and PM Oli

July 09, 2020: Nepal has banned all Indian news channels except the state broadcaster Doordarshan starting today evening, sources said.

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July 09, 2020: Nepal has banned all Indian news channels except the state broadcaster Doordarshan starting today evening, sources said.

The move came hours after former Deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that "baseless propaganda by Indian media against the Nepal government and our PM" should stop.

The report was carried in Nepalese publication The Himalayan Times, while in India, Free Press Journal carried a report and India Today foreign affairs editor put out a tweet confirming the same. News agency ANI also quoted Nepali cable TV providers to report that signals for Indian news channels have been switched off in the country.

Bishnu Ramal, Chief Advisor to PM KP Sharma Oli, said "news stories and comments coming from the Indian media against the government and Prime Minister of Nepal are highly objectionable".

However, no official order has been passed in connection with the ban.

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