NDTV India ban: SC defers hearing for December 5

The government on November 7 put on hold its order asking NDTV that its Hindi channel would be shut for 24 hours on November 9 for allegedly flouting norms.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 3:36 pm
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of a plea challenging a day’s ban on NDTV India to December 5 as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that government was considering a plea for review of its decision.

“There is no real urgency as their plea (by NDTV) for review of the decision is being considered by the government,” Attorney General Rohatgi told Justice A.K. Sikri.

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The government on November 7 put on hold its order asking NDTV that its Hindi channel would be shut for 24 hours on November 9 for allegedly flouting norms. NDTV India was ordered to go off-air as government accused it of broadcasting sensitive details of January’s terror attack on the air force base in Pathankot. The channel has refuted the allegations and pointed out that other channels and newspapers reported the same information.

The ban has been widely condemned by journalists and editors with all press councils drawing parallels to the Emergency of the 1970s when basic constitutional rights including the freedom of the press were blatantly violated.

After a large protest held by journalists from every major media organisation in Delhi, the Press Council of India said the government’s action amounts to “uncalled for censorship” at a time when “press freedom is already under increasing threat in the country.”

Last week, when the ban was announced, The Editors’ Guild of India said the order was unprecedented and that the centre appears to have given itself the power “to intervene in the functioning of the media and take arbitrary punitive action as and when it does not agree with the coverage.” The organisation, a grouping of the editors of all major newspapers and magazines in the country, said if the government finds any media coverage objectionable, it can approach the courts.

Defending the ban, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has said that it is “in the interest of the country’s security” and that the barrage of criticism confronted by the government appears “politically inspired.”

 

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    Raj
    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    Baagon mein bahar hai?
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      Raj
      Nov 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm
      Bingo!
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        Amar Akbar
        Nov 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm
        NDTV and Barkha Dirt exposed: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Terror in Mumbai show by famous journalist Farid Zakaria features exclusive audio tapes of the intercepted phone calls between the young gunmen and their controllers in stan, and testimony from the sole surviving gunman. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The phone intercepts provide a grotesque running commentary as the controllers tell terrorists to turn on NDTV, watching events unfold on live TV on NDTV, direct the gunmen, Barkha Dirt telling them where the security forces are, which of their hostages should be kiIIed and how to do it. With the kiIIers wounded and asking what to do next, the tapes reveal the controllers calmly urging them to fight to the death and not allow themselves to be taken alive. Barkha Firt and Pranab Toy got 100 crores from jihadi Muslims to relay sensitive info.
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          SubbuI
          Nov 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm
          NALAYAK NMODI HAS STARTED HIS DISTRUCTVE AGENDA ONE AFTER ONE.BOTH PRESS AND JUDICARY BEING TARGETED TO BREAK DOWN,IN 20 TH CENTURY HITLER SUCCEEDED IN GERMAN THEN ULTIMATELY PERISHED,HISTORY IS A GOOD LESSON FOR ANY ONE WHO TRIES THE SAME.lt;br/gt;NO DICTATOR SUCCEEDED FOR LONG.THAT IS THE LAW OF NATURE
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            amir amir
            Nov 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm
            simple! they want to change the name from NDTV to NDA tv
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              avd
              Nov 8, 2016 at 10:39 am
              It is in interest of security of India, Judiciary must issue some guidelines to Print and Electronic Media as how to report sensitive issues concerning security of India when News Channel like NDTV cross all limits and reports matter to public without censoring its effect on security of India and helping our enemies to carry out their mission successfully after receiving information from News Channels as seen during 26/11 Mumbai attack by stani Terrorist killing Police Officers and civilians.Freedom of expression should not damage the security of India at any cost.There must be some guide lines to Journalist in reporting matters like Communal cles,Terrorists activities which harm and damage peace in country and integration of India.Matter in SC should not be closed down even there is compromise with Govt by NDTV.It has done more harm than good.
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                Brijesh Dewangan
                Nov 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                pronoy roy brother of Arundhati roys own NDTV he is married to sister of brinda Karat (Communist party) Sonia Singh NDTV Married to Rpn Singh of Congress ,nidhi razdan NDTV girl friend of Omar Abdulla whose sister is wife of Sachin Pilot (Congress) and many more Congress and left Rules Indian Media
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                  Rajeev
                  Nov 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                  The voluntary suspension of ban by the goverment shows that, unlike its sympathisers and Bhakts, Modi government itself is not bothered about any imminent threat to National security by "the pseudo secularists’ journalist". This may be a situation where Modi government is not interested in fulfilling desires of its own sympathisers and Bhakts. Modi government may be incompetant to show immediate results and / or not giving Acche Din of instant results to its own sympathisers and Bhakts.
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