NDTV ban: Oppn slams ‘attack on media’, Nitish Kumar says ‘condemnable’

Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in a statement in Patna: “The central government’s decision to ban NDTV India is condemnable."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/patna | Updated: November 7, 2016 6:47 pm
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As Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu argued that the one-day ban on NDTV India was in the interest of the “country’s security”, the Opposition said the government’s proposed move would lead to “a second Emergency”.

Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in a statement in Patna: “The central government’s decision to ban NDTV India is condemnable. The decision tantamounts to controlling the freedom of media. It is necessary to have a free and impartial media in a country like India.”

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The Centre’s decision was an “insult to right to free speech”, he said. In Lucknow, Kumar’s senior party colleague Sharad Yadav said the government’s action recalled the days of the Emergency, when the media was gagged. “I want to advise all BJP men to be cautious. You have attacked media and this will be taken seriously,” Yadav said.

Also in Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati told a news conference: “If the central government continues with such activities, it will lead to a second Emergency.” Former minister and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “It is a message to the entire media of the country that either you work according to our views or we would not allow you to run.” India, Tewari said, had more than 892 TV channels, 1 lakh magazines, over 200 community radio stations and over 300 FM stations in the private space. “What has happened to NDTV may happen to you tomorrow.”

In Chennai, DMK president M Karunanidhi said the government’s action was reminiscent of the Emergency, when his articles in the party mouthpiece, Murasoli, were banned. “The Prime Minister must intervene and come forward to give a guarantee that there will be no threat to freedom of expression. Else, the accusation across the country that the BJP government is implementing authoritarianism under the garb of democracy will be construed as true,” he said.

The CPI (M) politburo said in a statement: “This is a brazen attack on media freedom and an attempt to gag freedom of expression. It reveals the increasingly authoritarian attitude of the Modi government. The CPI (M) demands an immediate withdrawal of the ban order and an assurance from the government that such arbitrary actions will not be undertaken in the future.”

RJD president Lalu Prasad said in Lucknow that the government action was “an attack on democracy”, and that “Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS are taking the country towards dictatorship”. “The country”, Lalu said, “has been facing an Emergency-like situation”.

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    Chander Pal
    Nov 6, 2016 at 8:16 am
    Of course it is not fair! But emergency like situation, these persons may be kidding. These people can't compare this with emergency imposed by Indira hi. Here the running commentary was sort of directions to the handlers. By the way any visionary statements from these persons(difficult to pronounce them as leaders) on burning of schools.
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      Kannabiran
      Nov 6, 2016 at 8:50 am
      Security and integrity of the nation is important and government has the duty to protect people. NDTV cannot claim that it is their right to compromise the security of the nation in the name of freedom of expression. The action of NDTV in giving important defence locations - when the terror operations were in progress - is unforgivable. The Channel so far has not expressed any regret for its irresponsible action. So, the action against the erring TV is completely justified. Certainly, the security of the nation is more important than freedom of expression for the terrorists at NDTV.
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        Amar Akbar
        Nov 6, 2016 at 12:49 am
        UPA Governments, during 2005-14, ordered several TV channels to go off air in 21 instances, for a period ranginglt;br/gt;from one day to two months for showing obscene visuals including 13 cases of telecasting ‘Adult’ rated certified films.lt;br/gt;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,” Said Naidu
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          Lalitha Venkat
          Nov 6, 2016 at 8:35 am
          It is quite clear that that the Opposition Parties - mainly Con Party, Commies, and the fake secular parties - support terrorist elements, and work against the nation. They cry foul whenever there is action against terror elements. They question army for surgical strikes. The question the police when SIMI terrorists are eliminated. The media thugs - in fact we have to call them as media terrorists - act as propaa agents for terror elements. Government should take strong action against all anti-national forces and protect the country. NDTV must be shut down completely. Government should ignore the "condemnation" of the NDTV ban the pro-terrorist political leaders, who called terrorist Ishrat as daughter of Bihar.
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            Marthandan
            Nov 6, 2016 at 9:50 am
            Anyone who talks against terrorists are bed as blind bhakts of BJP. So be it. There is nothing wrong to be patriotic, nationalistic, and honest. And if these qualities make me a BJP person, then I am so proud of it. I do not want to be ociated with corrupt and terror elements for the sake of money, like you are doing.
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              SK
              Nov 6, 2016 at 4:28 am
              It is interesting that Nitish Kumar is ping judgment without stating the facts about NDTV broadcast. Nitish conveniently forgot that he has been forcing his thinking on others banning possession and consumption of alcohol in Bihar. he even made its possession illegal even for soldiers while ping through Bihar. why does he not criticize the Central Government for providing alcohol in the ration to the soldiers in the forward areas?
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                Vijay
                Nov 6, 2016 at 10:39 am
                By supporting terrorists and the Italian mafia led Corrupt Party for so long, NDTV has reduced itself as Jihadi Terrorist Corrupt TV. If you are a true patriotic Indian, stop watching this channel.
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                  Aligato
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 6:39 am
                  Learn from history, using national security as disguise, stan has for more than 6 decades fed its citizens with venomous ideology of fundamentalism. Today stan is a suffering because their people didn't stand up to save democracy. Are we turning into another STAN ?
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