Bangladesh: Music tv channels banned to protect local culture


Music channels banned to protect local culture

The army-backed interim government of Bangladesh has banned the transmission of Music India and nine other foreign television channels for broadcasting programmes contrary to the “culture and values” of Bangladesh.

On 25 April 2007 the Bangladeshi ministry of information asked cable operators to stop downlinking Music India, The Music and Trendz TV, and eight other foreign tv channels with immediate effect.

These channels “are contrary to clause 19 of the Cable TV Network Operation Act 2006,” read a statement issued by the ministry without giving more details. A cable tv operator said the law prohibited broadcasters from showing programmes which are seen as violating local customs and sensibilities.


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