Delhi CEO Directs BJP To Stop Content On NaMo TV Without Nod
On March 31, the ruling party, Bharatiya Janta Party launched the NaMo TV: a channel featuring Narendra Modi and all his speeches along with other content related to the BJP. Recently, the Delhi poll body directed the Bharatiya Janta Party to stop airing any content that has not been approved or certified before. This direction came after the Election Commission ordered that all recorded programmes aired in the channel be pre-certified.
NaMo TV is being sponsored by the BJP and all the contents are related to Narendra Modi or covering the party’s aims and elections campaigns. This prompted the poll body to direct that all recorded programmes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi. Along with this, the body also directed that all political publicity contents displayed without pre-certification be removed immediately.
After the Election Commission directed, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi wrote to the party to make sure that all political content which is not approved be removed immediately. An official even added, “As a precautionary measure, two officials have been deployed to watch NaMo TV and monitor its content.” The official said political parties generally submit audiovisual content for pre-certification even though they do not specify on which platform it will be aired. This content may be aired during a rally or on the party’s website.
What is to be noted is that these directions and CEO’s words came after the Congress filed a complaint with the poll panel about the channel disturbing the level playing field. This prompted the Election Commission to ask the Delhi CEO to file a report.
Although Delhi CEO approved the logo for the NaMo TV, which BJP had said was a part of the NaMo App but no certification was given to the content as it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.