The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on Tuesday alerted the private news channels and advised them not to show the live footage, images and headlines about the Silkyara tunnel collapse incident where 41 workers are trapped for more 10 days.
The advisory said that the presence of increasing cameraman and reporters should not create any hindrance in the ongoing rescue operations conducted by the rescuers. The advisory read, “Television channels are advised to refrain from sensationalizing the issue and from undertaking any live posts/videos from the proximity of the tunnel site where the rescue operations are underway and ensure
that the human life-saving activity by the various agencies is in no way disrupted or disturbed by the very presence of cameramen, reporters or equipment near or around the site of the operation.”
“It is also advised to be cautious and sensitive while reporting on the matter, especially in putting out headlines, videos and images and take due care of the sensitive nature of the operation, psychological status of the family members and as well as the viewers in general,” it added. Later, the ministry also added that the government remains committed in rendering its efforts and support for the trapped labourers. It is determined to save the precious lives of all the workers and for that various number of agencies are working tirelessly for the safe evacuation and return of the labourers.
“The operation underway around the tunnel is extremely sensitive. Telecast of video footages and other pictures relating to the operations by the TV channels, especially by placing cameras and other equipment near the rescue operations site has the potential to adversely affect the ongoing operations,” the advisory also stated. Meanwhile, the rescue operations are constantly undergoing certain developments with the latest being the completion of drilling of six-inches diameter pipeline for the supply of extra food, medicines and vitamins by the NHIDCL on Monday.