The Indian news channels, excluding public broadcaster Doordarshan, have been banned in Nepal for alleged “objectionable” reporting on the country’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

As the screen went blank on the Indian channels in Nepal on Thursday, Max Digital TV vice-chairman Dhurba Sharma told AFP: “We felt a moral responsibility to block the channels after they aired objectionable content about our country,”

Sudeep Acharya, Dish Media Network managing director, also admitted that all of the Indian channels were suspended after his company started receiving complaints from viewers.

Nepal’s Communication and Information Technology Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada slammed the Indian broadcasters for “character assassination” of some of the Nepalese “citizens and leaders”.

“We do not want to interfere in affairs of the media. Not just foreign but even domestic TV channels will be regulated if they are found to be airing offensive content or are indulging in character assassination [of Nepalese citizens and leaders] and are found to be disrespectful of Nepal’s sovereignty. Nepal will also seek political and legal remedies against such channels,” Khatiwada said as quoted by The Hindu.

Khatiwada was referring to certain Indian channels’ objectionable report on PM Oli and the Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi.