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Indian government banned condom ads on TV from 6 AM to 10 PM in 2017, not recently

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A post claiming that Government has recently banned condom ads on TV from 6 AM to 10 PM because it spoils the kids. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Government bans telecasting condom ads on Television from 6 AM to 10 PM

Fact: In December 2017, citing rule 7 (7) and 7(8) of Cable Television Rules, 1994, the Government advised all the television channels to telecast the condom advertisements only between 10 PM and 6 AM. The advisory further states that the decision is taken since these ads are for a particular age group, and viewing by children could be indecent/inappropriate. However, social media users are sharing this news of partial ban as a recent phenomenon. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

We searched the internet with relevant keywords and found an advisory issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to all TV channels on 11 December 2017.

Citing rule 7 (7) and 7(8) of Cable Television Rules, 1994, the Government advised all the television channels to telecast the condom advertisements between 10 PM and 6 AM only. The advisory further states that the decision is taken since these ads are for a particular age group, and viewing by children could be indecent/inappropriate. Any failure will attract actions as per the provisions of the rule. News articles reporting this issue can be seen here and here. However, several users are sharing this news of partial ban as a recent phenomenon.

To sum it up, Indian government banned condom ads on TV from 6 AM to 10 PM in 2017 not recently.

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