Delhi EC issues directive to BJP on NaMo-TV

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13 Apr 2019

Don't air anything on NaMo-TV without certification: Delhi-EC directs BJP

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

The poll body had on Thursday said that all recorded programs displayed on NaMo TV should be pre-certified by the certification panel of Delhi.

Here's more.

Order

Remove all non-approved content from NaMo TV: CEO to BJP

The EC had said that since NaMo TV was sponsored by BJP, all recorded programs 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 party to ensure that all non-approved political content be removed.

Precaution

'As precautionary measure, two officials deployed to monitor NaMo TV'

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

Further, an official said that political parties usually submit audiovisual content for pre-certification, without specifying on which platform it will be aired.

He said that the content may however be aired during a rally or even on the party's website.

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Details

The Congress party had complained about NaMo TV to EC

After 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 CEO approved the NaMo TV logo, which the BJP said was part of the NaMo App that it owns, but didn't "certify" the content as it contained old speeches of PM Modi.

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