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

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