Nepal cable operators ban Indian news after border dispute

KATHMANDU (HRNW) – Nepal’s cable television operators have suspended Indian news channels for “objectionable” reporting on the country’s prime minister as tensions between the neighbours rise over a border dispute.

The countries have been wrangling since India opened a new road to the disputed Lipu Lekh pass on their border in May.

The Indian channels went blank late on Thursday, days after the Zee Hindustan news channel aired a report that said a relationship between China’s ambassador and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli had caused the dispute with India.

Dish Media Network managing director Sudeep Acharya said his company pulled the channels after complaints from viewers.

Government minister Yubaraj Khatiwada earlier condemned the broadcast for “character assassination”.

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