Arvind Kejriwal hopes the whole media ‘goes off air for a day’ to show solidarity with NDTV

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 Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 4, 2016 2:21 pm
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said he hopes media channels across the country will go off air for a day to support NDTV. In a tweet, the AAP leader said, “I hope the whole media goes off air for a day in solidarity wid (sic) NDTV”.

NDTV India, a leading Hindi news channel, has been asked to go off air for 24 hours by a government body comprising of I&B officials for its coverage on Pathankot attacks. According to the committee, the channel allegedly revealed “strategically-sensitive information” during the course of its coverage of the anti-terror operations at the Pathankot airbase earlier this year.

The government order has received criticism from various corners. Earlier on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also criticized the central government’s actions and and said it showed that an “emergency-like situation” prevailed in the country. “NDTV ban is shocking. If Government had issues with Pathankot coverage, there are provisions available. But ban shows an Emergency-like attitude,” Banerjee said in a statement.

The Editors Guild of India also issued a statement condemning I&B ministry’s actions and said the order to take the channel off for a day is a violation of the freedom of press in the country.

NDTV refuted the allegations and said its coverage on Pathankot was ‘fairly balanced’ unlike most other news channels. “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,” NDTV’s statement said.

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”.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:09 am
    Ban NDTV for ever along with AK
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      bhat
      Nov 4, 2016 at 10:25 am
      The government body who has impose the ban, are they sure that this is the only one channel who has violated the norms!!!!!!lt;br/gt;In many issues on day to day basis most of the pro BJP channels themselves have became the Judges and giving the judgements.....lt;br/gt;Will these body will act on all those channels.....
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        Alex Pandian
        Nov 5, 2016 at 12:21 am
        Can this guy go on sabbatical please, take NDTV along.lt;br/gt;AK49 is showing his true colors, what he is blabbing is nothing to do with issue on hand.lt;br/gt;NDTV broke the rule they are paying for it. I personally think the punishment is too light.lt;br/gt;They should be fined a huge sum.
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          Chander Pal
          Nov 4, 2016 at 9:42 am
          We have got to tolerate A K for 5 years and he knows that. Delhi has got to do 'pashchatap' for a collective sin committed.
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            Kusumadharagowda
            Nov 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm
            I thought gujriwala's tounge was tied because his tounge was too big .If it is loose tie again with double knot.
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              Mahesh Naik
              Nov 5, 2016 at 9:05 am
              No bodys listening to it?.
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                MyTake
                Nov 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm
                AK has already become double the thickness what he used to be during Anna's agitation time! "Butter" and "proceeds" from politics has to go some where!
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                  MyTake
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                  AK is the Manasputra of colonial mindset!
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