Cable Operators of Delhi are reportedly blocking NDTV and ABP News #NDTVBlocked
Final Update: DEN Network customers now reporting that NDTV has been resumed on their service. No further reports of blocks seem to be happening. Any fresh information will result in a new post. This one will not be updated further.
Various reports of NDTV not being accessible through cable operators since approximately 8pm in Delhi are flooding social media.
Insiders claim AAP supporters claim that this is because the BJP leadership perceives the channel to be carrying anti-BJP content. BJP supporters are saying this is “AAP drama”. In the meanwhile, while the reason for the block remains unclear, it appears to be only for cable operators and DTH users are facing no problems.
So far, further enquiry on all reports seems to show that DEN are blocking NDTV citywide. Some reports of Siti +
This post will be updated if more cable operator names get reported, or if DEN starts showing NDTV again. A map with areas will be added if required.
Update: ABP news too seems to have been blocked. “Insider” accounts (completely unreliable gossip) claim that there is no official word to block, however some pro-BJP channels have done so on own initiative. Example tweet:
No official order to block NDTV & few othr channels. Few Pro-BJP Cable networks has blocked NDTV Hindi & ABPNews after PM's 'Bazaaru' remark
— BJP Insider (@11AshokaRoad) February 4, 2015
Update 2: Several reports of other channels being blocked as well as one unconfirmed report of Tata Sky blocking NDTV – this would be DTH.
Update 3: North Delhi SITI set top box user reports all channels working.
Update 4: Another user reports that cable operators have been instructed to not broadcast NDTV till the 7th. Awaiting information on the source of this update.
Now confirmed that Cable Operators have been told not to show NDTV till 7th Feb..!! #SaveDemocracy
— Kumar Amit (@Ikumar7) February 4, 2015
Update 5: TATA Sky showing all channels in Lajpat Nagar and probably several other places going by tweets without locations.
Update 6: Several people reported that DEN Network seems to have removed NDTV from its channel search list as well – this probably means that this is not a technical failure (as some BJP supporters are attempting to suggest) but a deliberate removal.
Update 7: no further reports of NDTV being off air. No reports of NDTV being available where it was blocked either. Perhaps the morning will bring more clarity.
Update 8: Sreenivasan Jain tweeted “We are looking into complaints of NDTV not being available in parts of Delhi.
We are looking into complaints of NDTV not being available in parts of Delhi.
— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) February 4, 2015
CCN DEN appears to be showing NDTV but not Total TV and NewsX in East Delhi.
However other areas like Vikaspuri still reporting DEN blocking NDTV. One user reports that he called them up and they say they have orders.
@Vidyut yes… Den has blocked NDTV. I spoke to them, they said they have orders.
— Sunil (@Sunil_Choudhari) February 5, 2015
Reports of possible other media censorship coming in as well.