Indian TV channels get an advisory to report Pulwama attack with 'caution'

Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in Kashmir's Pulwama district February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Younis Khaliq
  • An improvised explosive device kills 34 security personnel in Pulwama, Kashmir
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls the attack ‘dastardly’
  • It is the deadliest terrorist attacks seen in the troubled valley in recent years
  • Government tells TV channels to not show that can incite violence or anti-national attitudes

The Indian government has issued a caution advisory to the country's television channels reporting on the terrorist attack that killed nearly 42 Indian security personnel in Pulwama, Kashmir.

A late evening advisory from the government advised caution particularly with content, which "can incite violence or contains anything against the maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes, and/or anything that contains anything affecting the integrity of the nation; and ensure that no such content is telecast which is violative of these codes."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack in a tweet along with other leading ministers of his cabinet.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley called the attack an act of “cowardice: while warning that “terrorists will be given an unforgettable lesson for their heinous act.”

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Moahammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the bloodbath and released a video clip of the suicide bomber which it claimed was shot before the young man carried out the audacious attack in Lethpora, about 30 km from here.

-- With inputs from IANS