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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                    MyTake
                    Nov 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm
                    It will be a proof to see if Nehru-mites are still calling the shots and will give an opportunity to make a realistic essment of their impact in future!
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                      MyTake
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                      These people are not only ignorant but are shameless as well! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This will be a test to see who is for stan and who is for India! Not bad after all!
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                        MyTake
                        Nov 4, 2016 at 9:09 am
                        This moron thrives in Anarchy and looking for his natural habitat!
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                          Sanjay
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm
                          Why not some Delhi people put case against AK49 for wasting Delhi tax payers money. A Delhi Public servant getting involved in nonsense. AK49 thinks he is great in his own mind.lt;br/gt;NDTV did illegal reporting so one day ban, they should have been fined also. That would have hurt them more.
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                            Satdev Singh
                            Nov 5, 2016 at 12:57 am
                            Agree
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                              SubbuI
                              Nov 5, 2016 at 6:41 am
                              TYPOS IN MY BELOW COMMENT:-lt;br/gt;HEAR not HERE
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                                SubbuI
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 6:39 am
                                VERY RARELY YOU GET TO HERE KEJRIWAL SUGGESTING SOME THING REALYlt;br/gt;SENCIBLE. THIS ONE IS VERY GOOD,BUT MOST OF OUR HINDI AND ENGLISH CHANNELS ARE NEUTRALISED TO THE EXTEND THAT MODI BHAJANS OR MORE HEARED THAN NEWS OR RAM BHAJANS. THIS DICTATOR IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY IMPLEMENTING HIS AND RSS AGENDA.SO ATLEAST EVEN THESE ALL OTHER CHANNALS OPTING FOR BLACK OUT WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATE BUT ATLEAST THEY CAN SHOW THEY ARE MOURNING BY DISPLAYING BLACK BANDS ON ALL NEWS READERS AND ANCHORS WITH A PERMANANT LOGO STRIP RUNNING ON SCREEN.WILL THEY DO?
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                                  G V
                                  Nov 4, 2016 at 9:36 am
                                  ic Kejri he should be made silent as he is a big stupid and .
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                                    ad
                                    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:51 am
                                    For starters, can AK go off for 24 hrs?
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                                      A Chakrabarti
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 10:18 am
                                      No support to NDTV. IE also must do away with sensationalism. People are not accepting it. The pulse can be clearly felt.
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                                        Ankit Sharma
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 10:08 am
                                        If the national security was compromised then the decision is correct. Why media people think they have the right to compromise security. Even in my opinion NDTV should be banned for ever.
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                                          avd
                                          Nov 4, 2016 at 10:09 am
                                          Delhi Public has to tolerate AK for another three years only.
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                                            avd
                                            Nov 4, 2016 at 10:02 am
                                            No channel will come in support of NDTV as all of them know activities of it during 26/11 Mumbai attack and Pathankot incidence.They all stand for Indian's honor and Pride above all never ever shown anti-India attutide.
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