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Centre confirms ban on BBC
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, March 28 - The Centre has confirmed that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been barred from filming in tiger reserves for a period of five years following the Kaziranga National Park incident.

There were several inconsistencies between the synopsis provided by the producer and final documentary released for airing. The documentary was not submitted for preview by the authorised committee as per the undertaking given by the producer, Minister of State for Environment and Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave said.

The permission granted before making the film included the condition for preview before release. However, the documentary was not submitted to the authorities for preview.

In a Lok Sabha reply, Dave said the government is aware of a documentary released by the BBC, in which they have misrepresented the immunity provided to forest personnel under Section 197 of the CrPC as a ‘shoot to kill’ policy.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority as per power vested under Section 38(O) (2) and 38(O) (1) (k) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 had issued a standard set of conditions in this regard.

Some of the restrictions include under no circumstances tigress with newly born cubs in particular and tigers in general should be disturbed for filming, the shooting of film should not be done in close proximity of the animal to avoid any disturbance to its natural behaviour, no filming after sunset, no use of aircraft in filming, no artificial feeding to wild animals and no permission to construct any hideout for the filming unit.

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