Govt asks NDTV India to go off air for a day over Pathankot coverage

When the operation was on in January this year, the channel allegedly revealed information which was likely to be used by the terrorists or their handlers to cause massive harm, the sources said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 6:15 pm
NDTV, NDTV India, NDTV India Pathankot coverage, Pathankot terror attacks, Pathankot attacks, India news, Indian Express The ministry may now ask the channel NDTV India to be taken off air for a day on November 9.

A leading Hindi news channel was today ordered by the government to be taken off air for a day after an inter-ministerial panel constituted by the I&B ministry recommended this action over the broadcaster’s coverage of the Pathankot terror attack in January.

An inter-ministerial panel had concluded that the channel ‘NDTV India’ had revealed crucial and “strategically sensitive” information when the terror attack on an IAF base was being carried out, official sources said.

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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 last year.

 

Efforts were made to reach the channel for its comments,but they did not fructify.

The matter pertains to the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot attack where the committee felt that “crucial information” that was aired could have been readily picked by terrorist handlers and had the potential to “cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel.”

When the operation was on in January this year, the channel allegedly revealed information on the ammunition stockpiled in the airbase, MIGs, fighter-planes, rocket-launchers, mortars, helicopters, fuel-tanks etc “which was likely to be used by the terrorists or their handlers to cause massive harm,” the sources said.

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The sources said that as the content appeared to be violative of the programming norms, a show-cause notice was issued to the channel in January this year.

In its reply, the channel replied 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.

The committee, however, observed that the channel “appeared to give out the exact location of the remaining terrorists with regard to the sensitive assets in their vicinity” in their telecast in real time.

The panel expressed “grave concern” that this was a matter of national security and that the channel had revealed sensitive details like location of ammunition depot viz-a-viz the space where the terrorists were holed up, location of school and residential areas.

“Such crucial information could have been readily picked by their handlers, which had the potential to cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel,” the committee said as per the order.

 

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First Published on: November 3, 2016 4:24 pm
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    Anonymous
    Nov 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    Very happy with this order. Finally the government has taken some action against a news channel for irresponsible reporting. Our news channels should learn something from the manner of coverage during attacks in France. No details were leaked to the people.
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      Amar Akbar
      Nov 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm
      In jihad also, 100% are Muslims, but Sunni Muslims share is highest. Here is another fact.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013, 80% in 2014 and 90% of all terror kiIIings in 2015.
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        IslamForFoools
        Nov 3, 2016 at 11:13 am
        Public shud at@ck it with stones
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          Chander Pal
          Nov 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm
          It is for ndtv to introspect as to why such a large potion always puts the channel along with its anchors leading a campaign which is not pro India. Having an independent view point is okay than always indulging in pro separatist talk.
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            R
            Nov 3, 2016 at 11:46 am
            They should be off air for a week. 1 day is a Very lienient penalty.
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              Harish
              Nov 4, 2016 at 10:59 am
              We are with NDTV
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                Shadab
                Nov 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                Revenge,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NDTV targetted for no modi publicity
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                  Keerthana
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                  NDTV is the most anti-national, anti-hindu pro leftist channel iv seen. It's strange how people can't see through their posturing!!
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                    Deepak
                    Nov 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                    NDTV instigated during 2002, on 26/11 and now Pathankot. Ban it completely.
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                      Mahesh
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 4:42 am
                      NDTV Should banned completely if not stopped it's antinational propaa
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                        George
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                        Time again NDTV personnel have proved to be traitors. I wonder if they are being financed liberally by some foreign country.Barkha Dutt's blowing up small issues out of proportion need not be elaborated. One physically challenged person was aulted in a theatre during national anthem and she went on and on. Trying to blame all real patriots. She is a shame on our country. In any other country, she would have disappeared from her business. Once upon a time I liked NDTV for their unbiased reporting. Now every news they give I am worried what is their motive. Shame
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                          Yashwant
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                          Good decision. If channels don't have wisdom what to show and what not in the interest of national security, govt should teach them a lesson. Expecting more and harsher actions
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                            Dr Sitaram
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:52 am
                            Good decision. All news outlets should be taught some discipline.
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                              Raj
                              Nov 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                              First of all I am not in favour of any political party or against it, but things need to be changed and we need to act in such a so that national security remain prime, media has every rights to bring the fact but they should know there limit. Indian media should learn something from the media channels of developed countries. Don't always run after TRP and also include news which motivate other not only to criticise some political parties. Media are the eyes of 100 crores Indian so many thing depends on you. Show the country a better way and your TRP will automatically grow. I am not to hurt any one but to share my views.
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                                Riaz khan
                                Nov 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                                Phatli chaddi
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                                  Sonu
                                  Nov 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                                  Bjp govt is taking its revenge bcz ndtv doesnt teleacast their bhakts newslt;br/gt;Its just a matter of time truth will come out
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                                    SubbuI
                                    Nov 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm
                                    "SO,OPERATION NEUTRALASATION OF NEWS CHANNELS " IS ON FULLSWING BY NALAYAK NMODI.ALREADY TIMES NOW AND NEWX SINGING MODI BHAJANS. CNB18 IS AFTER ALL AMBANI CHANNEL.CAN GET AWAY WITH TACTICAL DIVERSIONS. INDIA TODAY IS NEXT ON THE HIT LIST.POOR NDTV IS ATTACKED BECAUSE OF BARKHA DUTT DARING REPORTING. THEY WILL GET RID OF HER. SO WITH IN 2 MONTHS ALL ENGLISH NEWS CHANNALS WILL GET NUTRALISED OR CHANGE OF OWNER SHIP MAY HAPPEN. EMERGENCY LAGOO BY HITLER MODIlt;br/gt;P.S:- ONLY INDIAN EXPRESS CAN WITHSTAND NALAYAK NMODI PRESSURE AND WE ARE HOPEFULL
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                                      Suryakanta Bal
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 5:19 am
                                      Any channels playing politics over national security must be banned for ever not for a day two
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                                        Usha
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 4:30 am
                                        Press should be free. Responsible reporting is a must and the government should not be intimidating it like this as ndtv is a responsible channel. Usha
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                                          Uval
                                          Nov 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm
                                          Should have been put off air for at least 2 weeks. One day is just like a token punishment, logically this is not adequate. Compromising national security is a major crime.
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                                            Ninad
                                            Nov 4, 2016 at 10:07 am
                                            Deleted the app for good after this ber.
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