News corporation disallowed from filming in Indian reserves after controversial Kaziranga report

The National Tiger Conservation Authority has banned the British Broadcasting Corporation from filming in all Indian tiger reserves for five years.

As reported by TOI on February 15, BBC‘s South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt’s documentary titled One World: Killing for Conservation on Kaziranga’s rhino conservation methods drew flak from the Union environment ministry. According to the documentary, forest guards in Kaziranga have the powers to shoot and kill anyone they think is a threat to rhinos. The documentary was aired on February 11.

The film claims that forest guards shot 23 people while 17 rhinos were poached in the past one year. On February 14, the NTCA had issued a notice against broadcasting the programme without approval from the ministries. It had also threatened to cancel all future permits to BBC if the film was not removed from various online portals.

In a memorandum issued on February 27, NTCA said BBC failed to submit the documentary to MoEFCC and the ministry of external affairs for obligatory previewing. Chief wildlife wardens of all tiger range states and field directors of tiger reserves have been asked to withdraw filming permission to BBC for five years.