Al Jazeera to be taken off air for showing wrong Indian map

A Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera was banned from airing for five days, from the midnight of April 22 to midnight of April 27, for repeatedly showing the wrong map of India. Besides omitting Lakshadweep Island from the map of India, the news channel showed a part of Kashmir as it belonged to Pakistan.


The inter-ministerial committee that examined the complaints said that the channel has committed ‘cartographic aggression’ and called for a ‘deterrent punishment for their misdemeanor’. The action of Al Jazeera has violated Rule 6 [1] (h) of the program code, which says ‘no content can be carried in the cable services which affects the integrity of the nation’ reports New Indian Express.

According to Information and Broadcasting, Al Jazeera showed wrong maps of India in its news reports both in 2013 and 2014 repeatedly. In 2013, the dates of airing of wrong maps were listed as 24th July; 11th, 22nd, 30th, 31st August; 7th and 24th in September. In 2014, 2nd and 26th July; 3rd and 15th August and 19th September were the dates.

For the notice that was issued on August 21st, 2014, the channel replied that they were following their own style guide of the map, where Indian-administered portion of Kashmir is shown as a part of India and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir was shown as a part of Pakistan. “The channel always takes the Indian government concerns regarding Indian maps and boundaries issues very seriously and accordingly reviews all its India and Pakistan maps to ensure compatibility with recent official UN maps,” the channel quoted in its official order.

Ministry of External Affair (MEA) was contacting the channel for past two and half years regarding this wrong geographical map, but availed no result. In addition, the channel was showing the maps of India with the same colour as it was used for Pakistan, causing confusion in the minds of viewers about the actual boundaries of the countries.

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April 20, 2015 10:44 am 10:44 AM
Well, someone shows wrong map isn’t a reason why Al Jazeera has been suspended. Google China also shows Arunanchal pradesh in China as they claim it. Anyone defying the order will be punished. However, Al Jazeera has been fined and permanently banned in many countries for showing bogus content. Al Jazeera has seldom shown any praise worthy news about India and many times, i have seen this media showing India a “dangerous country living in the shakles of poverty”. They never know the true picture. Most of the low income poor backward family have a simple theory- “Khao aur Udao”.… Read more »
April 21, 2015 12:48 pm 12:48 PM

aaahaaa haaaa how can one watch arnab goswami for more that 30sec. i feel like vomitting.

Matthew George
April 20, 2015 10:31 pm 10:31 PM

” Google China also shows Arunanchal pradesh in China as they claim it” but people living in Arunachal Pradesh never claims that they were Chinese,they are always with India.They have real patriotic feelings for India.What we need to do is support them in their development.

April 21, 2015 10:05 pm 10:05 PM


Maaz Kalim
April 20, 2015 3:38 am 3:38 AM

Any evidence apart from this?? :/

Oni Ray
April 19, 2015 11:56 pm 11:56 PM
Nobody except the Indian Govt. and comedic Indian ‘News’ channels show ‘that part’ of Kashmir as part of India. No honest, self respecting journalist ever will intentionally falsify facts because of their emotions. CCTV, DWTV, RTN, TV2/TV5, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, BBC, ITV … everybody refers to both the sides of Kashmir as ‘India administered’ and ‘Pakistan administered’ Kashmir as that is just the hard fact. The Indian side is also often referred to as a ‘Disputed region’ (which it is) in most of the international media. There’s no point and burying our heads in the sand,… Read more »
April 26, 2015 12:57 am 12:57 AM

Personal attack on me is just a typical social-media way of silencing the voice by either “hook or crook”! It doesn’t answer or make you [look] sensible, intelligent, smart, civilised or any other sort of praise for you in the minds of sensible, civilised, humane and unbiased humans/individuals [even though they’re as minority in the overall online population all over the world]. 🙂

April 26, 2015 6:48 am 6:48 AM

So according to you, being sensible and intelligent means to support anti national activities. To raise voice in favour of terror supporters and country haters. “Jis thali mein khata hai, usime tookhta hai”

Maaz Kalim
April 20, 2015 3:49 am 3:49 AM

Couldn’t agree more! Bingo! Well said! 🙂