Take NDTV India off air on November 9 for Pathankot: I&B panel

The first-of-its-kind order has imposed a blackout prohibiting “the transmission or re-transmission of NDTV India channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hrs on 9th November to 00:01 hrs of 10th November”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 6:15 pm
NDTV, NDTV off air, NDTV penalised, NDTV ban, NDTV pathankot coverage, NDTV pathankot attacks The committee’s order, dated November 2, refers to NDTV’s news telecast between 1225 and 1231 hours on January 4, 2016, while counter operations by the security forces were still on at the Pathankot airbase.

The Information and Broadcasting ministry’s inter-ministerial committee has recommended that news channel NDTV India be taken off air for 24 hours for allegedly revealing “strategically-sensitive information” during the course of its coverage of the anti-terror operations at the Pathankot airbase earlier this year.

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The first-of-its-kind order has imposed a blackout prohibiting “the transmission or re-transmission of NDTV India channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hrs on 9th November to 00:01 hrs of 10th November”.

“The order of the MIB has been received. It is shocking that NDTV has been singled out in this manner. Every channel and newspaper had similar coverage. In fact NDTV’s coverage was particularly balanced. After the dark days of the Emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner. NDTV is examining all options in this matter,” said a statement by NDTV tonight.

The committee’s order, dated November 2, refers to NDTV’s news telecast between 1225 and 1231 hours on January 4, 2016, while counter operations by the security forces were still on at the Pathankot airbase. It states that the reporter on ground, while replying to questions posed by the anchor, gave out “strategically-sensitive information”.

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The telecast, the order states, referred to the “ammunition stockpiled in the airbase, MiGs, fighter planes, rocket launchers, mortars, helicopters, fuel tanks which was likely to be used by the terrorists themselves or their handlers to cause massive harm not only to national security, international standing of the country but also life of civilians and defence personnel.”

The order mentions that the channel also gave out details of schools and residential areas located at the airbase, endangering the lives of civilians. The inter-ministerial committee has noted that the telecast was in clear violation of the programme code under Cable TV Network Rules, 1994, which prevents live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security forces. Until the operations conclude, the rules also limit media coverage to only the briefing given by designated officials which in this case is the DIG, NSG.

The order states that in reply to the ministry’s showcause notice issued on January 29, the channel said that much of the information was already in public domain through leading publications. Dismissing the channel’s stand that it was a matter of “subjective interpretation”, the order notes that unlike newspapers, TV has “a far wider and instantaneous impact”.

“Despite giving out the exact location of the terrorists while the operations were on, the channel has remained unrepentant as is clearly evident in their reply to the showcause notice. Hence, the one day blackout has been meted out as a penalty. This is not the first instance of such a violation by the channel,” an I&B official said.

The committee has in its order noted that the violation could attract a penalty of taking the channel off-air for 30-days. However, taking into consideration that this is the first such case of the rule — it was introduced in June 2015 — being applied, the penalty has been reduced to a day-long blackout, it states.

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First Published on: November 4, 2016 4:32 am
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    Bipin Bhardwaj
    Nov 4, 2016 at 3:01 am
    Indirect emergency declared, SC must take suo motu action to stop the strangling consution under one pretext or the other, violation of the consution, freedom of expression under any pretext as its sole duty. Questioning police encounter , security forces, Govt. is the most important pillar of the democracy- journalism, and to halt spread of fascist regime.
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      Amit Kumar
      Nov 4, 2016 at 3:37 am
      It was due for long. Ndtv is a channel which is deeply involved in anti India activities in the name of journalism.
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        Anupam
        Nov 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm
        Shutdown this type of basted channel and basted editor.
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          Prashant singh
          Nov 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm
          Nice work by modi government
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            Chander Pal
            Nov 3, 2016 at 11:52 pm
            For general public ndtv has always endorsed separatists. Even their anchors have pursued a language akin to that of the left. Has news reporting been replaced with one sided VIEW POINT at ndtv.
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              Balu
              Nov 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm
              BJP is going to get COW DUNG on its face. Already many bhakts have been made M E N T A L by Modiots so far. In another 2.5 years remaining BHAKTS will be in M E N T A L ASYLUMS all over India.
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                Balu
                Nov 3, 2016 at 11:25 pm
                you are experiencing m e n t a l agony.
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                  Maddy
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 10:42 pm
                  Excellent. Good news.
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                    MyTake
                    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm
                    India's fight with enemies has to start from within first. Unless home front is ready no "win" can sustain!
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                      MyTake
                      Nov 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                      NDTV was doing what Honorable Mr. Schinde did to "facilitate" things by giving advanced notification!
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                        Mytake
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm
                        stan is the illegitimate child of democracy and stan has few other illegitimate adopted "child"! NDTV is one of them!
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                          Kanhaiya
                          Nov 3, 2016 at 10:32 pm
                          If so the incapable, incompetent betrayer of Indians BJP govt should be dismissed forlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1) betrayal of Indians by stupid Modi visiting Porkistanlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2) by not guarding the base properlylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3) appointing retired old people to guard the base, just for giving employment to brahmin douche bags as heads of the so called guardslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4) creating artificial enemity against Porkistanlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;5) unable to contain the 4 terrorists for 4 dayslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;6) incapable of even finding out how many terrorists were there inside the baselt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;7) ....
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                            abhishek
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 7:34 am
                            Welcome move by GOI. We fully support strict action against ndtv
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                              ajit
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 8:19 am
                              It needs total shutdown ....
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                                Altaf Karjikar
                                Nov 4, 2016 at 11:59 am
                                Hitler strikes
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                                  Virendra Sason
                                  Nov 4, 2016 at 10:35 am
                                  Whether banned without remedial opportunity? Is it so?
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                                    Ravihandran
                                    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                                    NDTV is a habitual offender. In fact the punishment should have been more.Luckily they escaped with a mild ban for 1 day.
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                                      Sameer Chaudhary
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                                      Biggest irony is inviting ISI to investigate Pathankot is apparently okay but reporting live is not. Incidents likes these puts a blot on country's face and it pains to see people jump to justify/criticize these actions only on the basis of political affiliations of said channel.
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                                        BG.Subhash
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 11:11 am
                                        Shameless NDTV Channel. Viewers desert this channel and let it go bankrupt! Nobody will weep for NDTV!
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                                          Hell Man
                                          Nov 4, 2016 at 8:35 am
                                          NDTV is only news Indian channel to whom, stan government gives permission to telecast in stan.... No other Indian news channel has permit to telecast in stan ... Why ?? .... Now think yourself ....
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                                            Hell Man
                                            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:35 am
                                            NDTV is only news Indian channel to whom, stan government gives permission to telecast in stan.... No other Indian news channel has permit to telecast in stan ... Why ?? .... Now think yourself ......
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