Belated criticism of one-day ban on NDTV India politically inspired: Venkaiah Naidu

"Such reactions that came a day after the Govt's decision was in public domain on Nov 3, was an afterthought, suggesting a motivated design to create a controversy where none existed," Naidu said.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: November 5, 2016 1:09 pm
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Information and Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday attacked those criticising the one-day ban on NDTV India over its Pathankot coverage, saying the “belated criticism” is clearly “ill informed and politically inspired” to create a controversy. The belated criticism of the action proposed to be taken against NDTV India for violating the norms of live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security personnel in Pathankot in January this year is clearly ill informed and politically inspired, he told reporters.

“Such reactions that came a day after the Government’s decision was in public domain on November 3, 2016 was clearly an afterthought, suggesting a motivated design to create a controversy where none existed,” the senior minister said. He asserted that people of the country should know that the UPA Governments, during 2005-14, ordered several TV channels to go off air in 21 instances, for a period ranging
from one day to two months for showing obscene visuals including 13 cases of telecasting ‘Adult’ rated certified films.

One channel was taken off air for 30 days for telecasting a sting operation, he said. “People of the country are also wise enough to appreciate which of the two violations – showing obscene visuals at the stroke of midnight and risking the lives of defence personnel and civilians through a live telecast of anti-terrorist operations in broad daylight- is a serious threat to the interests of the nation including its sovereignty, integrity and security,” Naidu said.

The Minister said the decision against NDTV India was not based on any newly invented rule and principle. “The ground on which action has been proposed against NDTV India was only a logical conclusion of concerns clearly articulated by the UPA Government in various advisories issued after 26/11 terror attacks on multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008,” he said.

Rejecting criticism that compared the present case to Emergency, Naidu said many BJP leaders and a large number of activists were at the “worst receiving end of Emergency and would shudder to even think of doing the same to others and particularly, in respect of freedom of media.” Responding to criticism by Editors Guild of India, Naidu said, “The Editors Guild of India, a responsible organisation that took a full day to come out with its response should realise that under Sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, Central Government is required to regulate or prohibit the transmission of any channel or programme in the interest of sovereignty, integrity and security of India and as per Para 8.1 of Uplinking Guidelines, is empowered to take action for transmitting any objectionable content inconsistent with public interest.

Therefore, the Government is not required to approach the Courts in such cases, as suggested by the Guild, he added. “I leave it to the wisdom of the Editors Guild to ponder if the decision against NDTV India for the reasons explained, is really reminiscent of the dark days of Emergency,” he said. Naidu said that very recently in an interaction, he had stressed that effective self-regulation by media is the best
way of protecting its freedom and we are committed to it. “I also said that freedom is best upheld when its value is fully appreciated. In this case, that much valued freedom was not put to best use by NDTV India. I am happy to note that the people of the country are broadly with the decision in thematter of NDTV India,” he said.

Always, there will be a minority who are critical of whatever the Government does in the best interest of the country, Naidu added. The minister also said that in several advisories issued by the previous UPA Government, all news and current affairs TV channels were clearly asked to exercise restraint, maturity and sensitivity while reporting on anti-terrorist operations in the larger interest of safety and security of security forces involved in such operations and civilians.

Expressing concern over continued violations, the then UPA Government concluded that any coverage violating such norms amount to coverage against the interests of the nation, he added.

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First Published on: November 5, 2016 11:53 am
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    anonymous
    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:48 am
    Action is also belated....
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      Gan
      Nov 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm
      Correct action by the government. All honest and patriotic Indians support the ban on NDTV. Safety and security of the nation is more important than the freedom for the terrorists at NDTV.
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        Rmrp
        Nov 6, 2016 at 5:54 am
        Ban tv9 ntv ABN which are corrupt, support lawlessness and Air paid news.period.
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          Rmrp
          Nov 6, 2016 at 5:57 am
          These three channels from hyd support all the illegal activities in hyd..if venkaiah is a really meaning what he said these 3 channels should be banned for 10 years.
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            MO
            Nov 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm
            and it shows in our thinking...........
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              MO
              Nov 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm
              yes we are an old civilisation...........the problem is we never evolved!!!!!!!!!!
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                Nav
                Nov 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                After writing editorial in support of NDTV in the name of press freedom, The Hindu has blocked all readers comments, which obviously overwhelmingly supports the ban on NDTV. Such is the honesty of these self proclaimed "liberal" "secular" editors.
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                  Sar
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                  Freedom of expression does not mean jeopardizing the security of the nation by canving for the terrorists, providing live coverage of government action against terror elements to alert and induce anti-national elements, providing information about country\'s security bases on live TV. It is shameful that these corrupt journalists, editors, so called intellectuals, and so called liberals hide behind press freedom to indulge in anti-national activities. What is the difference between terrorists and corrupt journalists? I think both are traitors.
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                    Sarat
                    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:42 am
                    It has been brought to the notice of Inter Ministerial Committee that NDTV India on live TV gave away information such as details of 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 mive harm not only to national security, but also to civilians and defense personnel. Freedom of expression doesn't mean jeopardizing the security of the nation by canving for the terrorists, providing live coverage of government action against terror elements to alert and induce anti-national elements, providing information about country's security bases on live tv. It is shameful that these corrupt journalists, editors, so called intellectuals, and so called liberals hide behind press freedom to indulge in anti-national activities. What is the difference between terrorists and corrupt journalists? I think both are traitors.
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                      Shekhar
                      Nov 5, 2016 at 10:30 am
                      Nation is awaiting for RG to start shedding crocodile tears on this issue too and complete the full circle. That's the only action which is missing yet.
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                        SubbuI
                        Nov 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm
                        THE ACE OF NALAYAK NMODI IS IN TO SOME DUBIOUS AGENDA. AND HE IS ONLY IMLEMENTING RSS FUTUERE AGENDA AND TESTING WATER WITH THIS ONE DAY BAN ON NDTV. THIS FELLOW LIKE MANY RSS IDEOLIGIST NEVEN WON A ELECTION AND ENTERED PARLIMENT.BE IT MODIKI RANI OR JAAT LI OR NIRMALA SITARAMAN AND. MANY RSS MIDDLE MEN.TODAY WE ARE VERY UNFORTUNATE TO BE CONTROLLED BY THIS GOONS WHAT TO SEE. WHAT TO EAT AND SO ON.PHAAZI LAGA DE IN SABKO
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                          SubbuI
                          Nov 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm
                          THE NEED OF THE HOUR IS:-lt;br/gt;BJP Mukth BHARATH and RSS Mukth BHARATH!lt;br/gt;NALAYAK N MODI IS ACURSE TO INDIA, MUST GO
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                            SubbuI
                            Nov 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                            This Nalyak NMODI ace Dalal has punished NDTV for its coverage of JNU episode and Kanaaya Kumar late night meeting coverage after his release.lt;br/gt;Also they wanted to stop BARKHA DUTT which NDTV refused,
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                              Sudhip Kumar
                              Nov 5, 2016 at 11:22 am
                              The Press thinks too big about itself being pampered over the years by UPA. It should be shown its place.
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                                Vish
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                                In fact, all these pressitutes should be hanged one by one in public. The likes of NDTV are funded by Western churches who want to keep india weak and slaved. These pressitutes are paid agents . They have nothing Indian in their thoughts and wishes.
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                                  Vish
                                  Nov 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                  It's not press. It's foreign funded one. They are India and Hindu haters.
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                                    Vij
                                    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm
                                    Traitors and enemies within the nation: NDTV, The Hindu, Indian Express.
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                                      m.a. sheikh
                                      Nov 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                                      Timesnow should instead be banned for propogating hatred among communities. Ndtv is most credible channel right now.
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                                        Adgalakumar
                                        Nov 5, 2016 at 8:06 am
                                        NDTV, motives needs to be investigated. Recently, their media aired news about 100 Indian tanks are bordered at China. And aired sympathizing with Terrorists who are killing Indians. Sensitive matters of public are recently aired to create hatred among people. lt;br/gt;Can any Indian media does such action. One day ban is too minimum for such Media.
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                                          Ajay Sunder
                                          Nov 5, 2016 at 7:34 am
                                          Mr. Naidu should not forget that when his party was in the opposition, they were doing exactly the same, even more, of what the present opposition is doing now.It is not possible that whatever the BJP Govt.does is always right.The present dispensation must learn to live with criticism. That is what democracy is all about.
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                                            aks
                                            Nov 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm
                                            Like all pseudo liberals, NDTV wants not to follow the law, but expects not to called to account for it. It's behaviour is also akin to the boorsh behaviour of the small time politicians and bureaucrats who refuse to pay toll at toll plazas. If NDTV violated the law, why it lacks the grace to accept the punishment?
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