Media may be restricted from live coverage in emergency

    Amid concerns that the media coverage of the Mumbai terror attack may have hampered the operation against terrorists, Maharashtra government is considering restricting the news channels from showing live such incidents.

    "The government is mulling the issue of putting some restrictions on live coverage during an emergency situation," a senior official from Home Department told PTI.

    The channels were, in fact, banned for some time on the second day of the siege by police as they said it helped terrorists, who were in touch with their masters through phone, to keep a tab on the movement of the commandos who were not only fighting the ultras but also rescuing people.

    But the coverage was resumed after some time and continued till the end of the operation.

    Later, it was confirmed from phone intercepts between the terrorists and their "masters across the border" that the incessant live coverage of the operation aided masterminds of the audacious terror strikes to coordinate their movements.

    The matter came for discussion at a high level meeting of the state Government held after the terror attacks in the city. The suggestion has taken for consideration in order to strengthen the security norms, he said.

    "In fact, the suggestion to either ban or restrict channels from displaying live images came from many politicians," he said.