District Magistrate Farooq Lone issued notices through SSP Srinagar to SEN Digital Network, JK Media Network Service, and Take One Media to block news channels including Noida-based Gulistan TV, KBC, JK Channel and Hyderabad based Munsiff TV and Insaaf TV.
In a directive to cable operators, the state government said that these channels have “created law and order problem” and should be blocked with immediate effect.
Citing provisions of the cable television regulation Act, the district magistrate has “directed” the cable operators to stop telecasting/ transmitting the mentioned channels.
The people associated with these channels said the government should at least make a distinction between a cable and a satellite channel. “These are all satellite channels which are being aired from outside Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.
The government wants to ensure that the reports about incidents of violence do not spread across the valley, which the government believes is escalating the protests.