Ban on news channel shows emergency-like situation: Mamata Banerjee

This is the first ever such order against a TV channel over its coverage of a terror attack, the norms regarding which were notified in 2015.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published:November 4, 2016 1:46 pm
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday criticized the central government for putting a one day ban on a Hindi news channel 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.

An interministerial panel on Thursday concluded that the channel ‘NDTV India’ had revealed crucial and “strategically sensitive” information when the terror attack on IAF base was being carried out.

The Information and Broadcasting ministry while invoking the powers under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act said it “orders to prohibit 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, 2016 till 00:01 hrs of 10th November, 2016”.

This is the first ever such order against a TV channel over its coverage of a terror attack, the norms regarding which were notified in 2015.

In its reply, the channel said that it was a case of “subjective interpretation” and that most of the information they had put out was already in public domain in print, electronic and social media.

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    MyTake
    Nov 4, 2016 at 9:04 am
    Here comes The Witch of Bengal!
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      Abhi
      Nov 4, 2016 at 9:15 am
      Mamta Didi pontificating about freedom of speech and media freedom!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...Do you think we commoners are demented to forget what happened to people in WB who criticized you??
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        arun dass
        Nov 4, 2016 at 10:09 am
        dear mamata-di , u or ur party has cheated Rs 50000 /- by chit fund from me....u deplo illegal b-deshi to attack on our people , even they did nt spare police stations......our people have lost their freedom in their own land because of U.......u are workimg as anti-Indian.......dtay within limit......or President rule will be imposed for ur incompetency ....
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          arun dass
          Nov 4, 2016 at 10:10 am
          dear mamata-di , u or ur party has cheated Rs 50000 /- by chit fund from me....u deplo illegal b-deshi to attack on our people , even they did nt spare police stations......our people have lost their freedom in their own land because of U.......u are workimg as anti-Indian.......stay within limit......or President rule will be imposed for ur incompetency ....
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            sumit
            Nov 4, 2016 at 11:22 am
            Malta begum when u detain media covering atrocities on Hindus what was that?
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              y
              Nov 4, 2016 at 9:14 am
              ndtv is a channel which is working for external forces to topple india.
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