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The maps shown on the channel in 2013 and 2014 did not differentiate Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Photo: AFP
The maps shown on the channel in 2013 and 2014 did not differentiate Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Photo: AFP

Al Jazeera protests ban by Indian govt

The govt has placed a five-day ban on the broadcaster over maps shown by the channel that misrepresented Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi: News broadcaster Al Jazeera English, part of the Arabic-language news network, has protested against a five-day ban placed by the Indian government on it Wednesday over maps shown by the channel that misrepresented Jammu and Kashmir.

The maps shown on the channel in 2013 and 2014 did not differentiate Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Last year, the issue was pointed out by the ministry of information and broadcasting, which also referred the matter to the office of the Surveyor General of India. From 22 September 2014 on, the channel ensured that all borders of Kashmir were marked with dotted lines and shaded differently, the broadcaster said in a statement. 

“This ban is a disproportionate response to an issue that we fixed promptly after it was pointed out. It needlessly deprives Indian viewers of our global news and programmes," said Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera English.

Anstey has sought a meeting with the Indian government, according to the statement issued by the company. The channel will be off the air for a five-day period starting from Wednesday to Sunday.

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