Nepal bans Indian news channels, citing ‘false propaganda’ concerns

Nepal is said to have banned Indian news channels over the issue of ‘false propaganda’ being done by them against the country’s Prime Minister.

Nepal has announced to ban Indian news channels for airing false propaganda and resorting to nefarious ‘character assassination’ of Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

The development comes as earlier a private Indian news channel aired a report claiming Chinese Ambassador has ‘honey-trapped’ Nepal’s PM Oli.

“We felt a moral responsibility to block the channels after they aired objectionable content about our country,” said Max Digital TV vice chairman Dhurba Sharma.

Nepal’s Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada has urged all media, including that of India, to not broadcast news that damages Nepal’s image.

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The development comes as India and Nepal have been engaged in a diplomatic row over border dispute involving an 80-kilometer road constructed by India in the disputed territory between the two countries.

Additionally, Indian media has been severely critical of Nepal and its government over its close ties with China after ‘Galwan valley clash’ that killed 20 Indian soldiers, with additional 76 injuries.

China has made extensive investments in Nepal in various sectors including airports, highways and hydropower projects – a development that has stimulated displeasure from Indian government.