The Editors Guild of India on Friday issued a statement condemning Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s order to ban telecast of NDTV India for a day, on November 9, for its coverage of the Pathankot terror attacks. The guild also demanded that the decision be withdrawn immediately.
“The ostensible reason for the order as reported is that the channel’s coverage of Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016 that the government claims gave out sensitive information to the handlers of terrorists. NDTV in its response to a show cause by the government has maintained that it’s coverage was sober and did not carry any information that had not been covered by the rest of the media, and was in the public domain,” the statement read.
It added that the decision to take the channel off air for a day was a violation of the freedom of media.
The statement comes a day after I&B Ministry’s inter-ministerial committee recommended that NDTV India be taken off air for 24 hours.
“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 on Thursday night.