I&B Ministry puts NDTV India ban on hold

In a report on its website, NDTV has said that it refuted the allegations and “pointed out that other channels and newspapers reported the same information”.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 12:14 pm
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Amid widespread condemnation over the one-day ban imposed on NDTV India, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on Monday decided to put on hold its order against the prominent Hindi channel, according to news agency PTI.

The decision was taken following a meeting between I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy. The minister said the NDTV leadership presented an appeal to him, to which he said he will have a look and then decided that the government directive will be on hold till the process is completed.

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Earlier in the day, NDTV has challenged the one-day ban by the government after an inter-ministerial panel concluded that the channel had revealed crucial and “strategically sensitive” information when the terror attack on Pathankot IAF base was being carried out. The channel has moved the Supreme Court in this regard.

In a report on its website, NDTV has said that it refuted the allegations and “pointed out that other channels and newspapers reported the same information”. The ban is supposed to be implemented from 00:01 hrs on November 9, 2016 till 00:01 hrs of November 10, 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. The Editors’ Guild has condemned the ban and demanded that the decision be withdrawn immediately, saying it was reminiscent of the emergency period.

“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 its 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.

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The government, however, has defended the ban, saying freedom of press is important but the nation comes first. “We support freedom of press in a democracy but the nation comes first. There cannot be any compromise on national security,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

The decision drew sharp condemnation from the Opposition.

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    Bipin Bhardwaj
    Nov 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    Celebrate victory of the people , of the democracy, defeat of the fascist agenda, undeclared emergency. The biggest slap ever to the nefarious design and activities of the ruling junta. Total repression has opposite effect uniting all the freedom loving forces, and brave courageous people, victory for the people over fascist forces is ured.
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      Bharat
      Nov 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm
      I am surprised with strain relationship with Pak. Why Sushma arranged visa to girl for marriage in India. Why Shiv Sena, MNS bhakts are not raising slogans. It look Sushma has links to govt.
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        Raj
        Nov 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm
        Elected by minority of 31%
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          Raj
          Nov 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm
          Go to stan
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            Raj
            Nov 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm
            Why did your mother have to spread her legs and get an unnecessary offspring out who is worthless and useless.
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              Amar Akbar
              Nov 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm
              Please check out articles on how Barkha Dutt from NDTV helped terrorists and how she was double agent of stani jihadi and Congress with Neera Radia. Then you will realize how bad NDTV is.
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                Amar Akbar
                Nov 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm
                While the Mumbai attakcs differed in many ways from the Al Qaeda ault on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the personal motives of the Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists bear some of the same hallmarks, notably the belief that there would be material wealth for their families and heavenly glory for themselves if they died for the cause of jihad. They were confident that since NDTV and Barkha Dutt was paid she will be able to bring army movements through live TV on NDTV
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                  Amar AKbar
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm
                  How can Barkha Dutt and NDTV's other people sleep in night? They have blood of Mumbai on their hand.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Guests from the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels tell how the terrorists first staged m esxecutions,, then worked their way through the corridors, kiIIing whenever they managed to enter a room. An elderly couple recounts how they were spared by the terrorists when it was realized they were fellow Muslims, while all around them were mowed down in a hail of buIIets.
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