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Old 19-Dec-2008
deepak pace
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New Delhi: No live reporting of hostage crises, avoiding live contact with victims, withholding sensitive information on rescue operations: these were some of the guidelines unveiled by India's News Broadcasters Association on Thursday after the Mumbai terror attack.

The self-regulation guidelines for telecast of sensitive events come after media coverage of the 60-hour terror strike in Mumbai saw criticism from the public and the government, which even threatened to impose an emergency protocol.

Although the broadcasters' body had started formulating such guidelines much before the 26/11 attack, leading broadcasters were forced to quicken the process after the event.

The guidelines include a self-imposed restraint by broadcasters not to disclose details of hostages and withholding sensitive information on rescue operations.

The broadcasters have also been asked to avoid live contact with victims and with security personnel engaged in security operations.

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