Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on NaMo TV without its certification

Source: India Abroad News Service

New Delhi, April 13, The Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on NaMo TV without its certification, a day after the Election Commission directed that all recorded programmes displayed on the platform be pre-certified, officials said.

The poll body had on Thursday said since NaMo TV was sponsored by the BJP, all recorded programmes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi and all political publicity contents displayed without pre-certification be removed immediately.

Following the EC’s directive, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi, wrote to the saffron party to ensure that all political content not approved be removed.

“As a precautionary measure, two officials have been deployed to watch NaMo TV and monitor its content,” officials said.

An official said political parties usually submitted audiovisual content for pre-certification, without specifying on which platform it would be aired. The content might be aired during a rally or on the party’s website, he said.

After the Congress filed a complaint with the poll panel about the channel disturbing the level-playing field, the EC had asked the Delhi CEO to file a report on the issue.

The Delhi CEO approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said was part of the NaMo App that it owned, but did not “certify” the content as it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Source: The Tribune

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