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Nepal broadcasters block Indian news over 'insulting' propaganda

Tensions rise over tabloid-like smear targeting Nepalese prime minister

Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, left, has been the subject of Indian propaganda built around the fears of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source photo by Reuters) 

KATHMANDU -- Amid growing Nepal and India tensions over a border dispute, Nepali cable and satellite operators voluntarily stopped broadcasting Indian news channels in a show of solidarity with the government and its unofficial ban due to recent propaganda smearing Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been increasingly worried about Oli's pro-China policy and fears losing its geopolitical clout over its northern neighbor. Indian news channels appear to share Modi's concerns as they engage in questionable journalism.

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