Context: Recently, Nepal blocked the transmission of all private TV news channelsbarring Doordarshan from India.
- The decision of blocking news channels comes after some TV channels indulged in “defamatory” reportage about Nepal’s prime minister KP Sharma Oli and the Chinese envoy to Nepal Hou Yanqi.
- The prominent Indian news channels were blacked out as the Multi System Operators (MSOs) in Nepal decided to stop airing of all Indian news channels
- It is the second time when Nepal blocked Indian media and entertainment channels.
- Kathmandu had blocked Indian news and entertainment channels in 2015 as well, when relations hit a rock-bottom after a blockade at India-Nepal border.