Nepal’s Cable television providers have said that signals for Indian news channels, except Doordarshan, have been switched off in the country. There is, however, no official order issued in this regard.
Speaking on a debate show on Republic TV, NewsMobile Editor-in-Chief Saurabh Shukla said: ”People of Nepal must value the sovereignty and freedom of their nation, my sources tell me Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi is violating all diplomatic protocols. People of Nepal have to realize that this woman is running the remote control.”
“We have turned off the signals of the Indian Channels from this evening,” Dhruba Sharma of Mega Max TV, a Channel operator of Nepal confirmed to ANI earlier.
The news coming from Indian media against our PM and government after publication of new Map is condemnable. We completely reject their fabricated & fake reports. We urge them to respect Nepali government & people’s unified position on our sovereignty & national independence.
— Rajan Bhattarai (@Rajanktm) July 9, 2020
Earlier, Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal tweeted that the news against Nepali PM KP Sharma Oli by Indian media and New Delhi after Kathmandu issuing new map is “condemnable”.
The move by Nepal’s Multi-System Operators (MSO) comes hours after former Deputy Prime Minister and Spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the Indian media must stop the “baseless propaganda” against Nepal government and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Shrestha expressed his disbelief on the extent to which some media channels have gone to defame the current government.
The move comes amid heightened tensions between India and Nepal after Kathmandu issued a new map incorporating some portions of Indian territories in May.