Sign up for PM Award Updates!

Pakistan bans Indian content on TV and radio

October 20, 2016

Pakistan has banned all Indian content on television and radio networks, media regulators said Thursday, its latest salvo after recent scuffles in the disputed Kashmir region spilled into the world of Bollywood and celebrity.

The state-run media authority said in a statement it would suspend the licences of any TV channels or radio stations without notice for flouting the ban.

The regulator said the government had authorised the ban, which will come into force from Friday, and that it has also launched a crackdown on the illegal sale of Indian satellite TV.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have soared in recent weeks after India blamed Pakistan for a raid on an army base in Indian Kashmir on September 18.

Delhi responded with what it called “surgical strikes”, infuriating Islamabad.

The move comes after weeks of tit-for-tat retaliation playing out in the entertainment arena, with Pakistani actors and technicians banned from working on Bollywood sets, then Bollywood films banned in Pakistani cinemas, then last week Indian cinemas refusing to show any films with Pakistani artists.

Several Pakistani artists have been forced to leave India after Hindu nationalist groups piled up the pressure on Indian filmmakers.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.