Various political and social organisations have strongly condemned the central government’s decision to impose one-day ban on November 9 on NDTV India allegedly for revealing “strategically sensitive” information during the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack in January this year. They have demanded that the government withdraw the ban notification immediately in the interest of freedom of press and democracy.
State Congress vice-president Maulin Vaishnav said that the action of the government amounted to muzzling the freedom of press in the country. “It amount to muzzling the freedom of press guaranteed under the Constitution,” said Vaishnav.
Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) state president Jayant Patel said that the decision against the channel indicated there was a “mini-Emergency” in the country.
“It is an attack on democracy and the people should come together to force the government to withdraw its orders,” said Patel. Samajwadi Party’s state chief Surendra Yadav said that NDTV India was known for free and fair coverage and is among the news channels having the maximum viewership.