Fashion TV gets nine-day ban in India

Alexander McQueen program believed to be responsible

NEW DELHI -- India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting issued a notice Thursday prohibiting Fashion TV from telecasting its channel here from March 12-21 for "showing women with nude upper body which was (sic) offending against good taste and decency."

The nine-day ban was imposed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.

The offensive material pertains to the telecast of a show aired last September, the visuals of which the MIB "found to be obscene, denigrating women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition."

While the MIB did not give more details of the show aired by FTV on Sept. 4 2009, media reports speculated Friday that the visuals in question were from a retrospective of late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen's show in Barcelona held in 2001.

This is the second time that Paris-based FTV has been banned here after the MIB imposed a one-month prohibition on the channel in 2007 for telecasting programmes such as "Midnight Hot" "wherein skimpily dressed and semi-naked models were shown." But that ban was revoked after FTV "regretted their error and assured that such an error will not be repeated in future", MIB said in its notice.
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