New Delhi, July 9: An advisory would be in place to keep a track of any attempt to broadcast the Dr Zakir Naik run Peace TV. This television channel which does not have a license to broadcast in India was still being transmitted illegally by cable operatives.
As per the advisory issued to all states, a directive has been issued to ensure that the channel is not broadcast. The advisory also states if any broadcast of the channel had been found then action be initiated under the Cable Television Network (regulation) Act.
The Intelligence Bureau had red flagged Naik's Peace TV along with 23 other channels. In a report submitted to the government in 2012, the IB had red flagged 24 channels including Peace TV.
In its report the IB said that these channels focused on religious affairs and more often than not deliver controversial messages. The government had sought for a report from the IB following communal riots in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra Hyderabad and Assam.
The IB found that most of the these television channels had been putting out communally sensitive content which was influencing the youth. The IB also noted that these channels were being illegally broadcast. It was the UPA government which had denied the Peace TV and others a license due to offensive content.