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FTV Banned for Showing Women Topless
The Fashion TV channel was today banned by the Government for a period of 10 days from tomorrow evening for showing "obscene visuals".

The Ministry for Information and Broadcasting prohibited transmission of FTV channel for 10 days applicable from evening of March 12, for violating rules under the Cable TV Act by showing such visuals, official sources said.

They said the Ministry had observed that FTV had violated several provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 by telecasting on September 4, 2009 a programme in which it showed women in an "obscene" manner.

The Ministry felt that it denigrated women and the visuals were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition.

It has prohibited the channel's transmission from 7 pm on March 12 till 7 pm on March 21 through cable television networks and any other platform throughout the country.

The decision to prohibit the transmission was taken under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.

In the past too, the Ministry had stopped transmission of the channel for a period of two months between May-June 2007 on grounds of telecasting programmes such as Midnight Hot wherein skimpily-clad models were shown.

That ban was, however, revoked on May 25, 2007 after the channel regretted their error and assured that it will not be repeated in future.

FTV, an international channel based in Vienna, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Later, the government came up with the following press release:

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has prohibited transmission/re-transmission of FTV Channel w.e.f. 7.00P.M on 12th March 2010 till 7.00 P.M on 21st March, 2010 through Cable Television Networks and any other platforms throughout the country.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has observed that FTV Channel has violated Rule-6 (1) (a), (d), (k), (o) & 6(5) of Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 and therefore, the Ministry, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section-20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, as amended from time to time, has taken this action.

It was noticed by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting that a programme on FTV Channel was telecast on 4.9.2009 at 15:37:34 hours and 19:01:48 hours showing women with nude upper body which was offending against good taste and decency. The visuals were found to be obscene, denigrating women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition.

In the past also the Ministry had prohibited transmission or re-transmission of FTV w.e.f. 1.4.2007 to 30.5.2007 on grounds of telecasting programmes such as ‘Midnight Hot’ wherein skimpily dressed and semi naked models were shown. The prohibition was, however, revoked on 25.5.2007 after FTV.com India Channel regretted their error and assured that such an error will not be repeated in future.

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