India bans Al Jazeera for five days over Kashmir map row

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Indian government on Wednesday took Al Jazeera news channel off the air for five days after officials insisted it had repeatedly shown wrong maps of Kashmir.

Al Jazeera in India showed a blue screen on Wednesday with a sign saying “as instructed by the ministry of information and broadcasting, this channel will not be available,” reported AFP.

An official said the order was made earlier this month over the maps that showed parts of the Kashmir region in arch-rival Pakistan and China, an extremely sensitive issue in India.

“The ban has been imposed for five days and it was done on instructions of an inter-ministerial committee, who took cognisance of an incorrect map of India in which the channel showed parts of Kashmir in Pakistan and China,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Al Jazeera India bureau chief Anmol Saxena has told AFP that the channel has “made representations to the ministry” and was hopeful of having the order revoked.


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