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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First Published on: November 6, 2016 4:27 am
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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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                    amir amir
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 5:32 am
                    Black day in Indian democracy. Shame on modi govt. NDTV is fair news channel. They are not sold to politicians,
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                      anand
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 2:46 am
                      It is time to boycott NDTV and its "illustrious" journos.
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                        Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 3:22 am
                        All these so called leaders and channel NDTV are boossom friends of Azadi Gang ! Tukade Hazar fame Gang!
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                          Venkataraman Jagadesan
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:12 am
                          All these secular brigade people are like what we have in LIQUOR " INDIAN MANUFACTURED FOREIGN LIQUOR " MR NITISH andCO ARE INDIAN ORIGIN OF INDIAN POLITICIAN OF STAN PARTIES. Why did the Govt: order the NDTV to go off air one day because what they projected was anti-national. So the logic is Mr Nitish and co are also anti- national of Indian origin supports pak cases. Jai Hind.
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                            anandap
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 3:20 am
                            NDTV 's embedding with Kashmir terrorists and sensational reporting on them under pretext of ant-establishment is ridiculous and anti-national in any perspective. Did NDVT reported the fanatic terrorist intimidation of women freedom, cinema/ cultural houses, choices, and now latest with schools. Why NDTV support these barbarians who hate all minimum civilizational requirements such as education, entertainment , art, culture and freedom?
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                              Baba
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 8:18 am
                              India media is the most liberal, secular, responsible, accountable.... bla bla bla.. how can anyone point finger at it? 😂😂
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                                Ram
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 12:53 am
                                Nitish is right
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                                  manoharan
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 6:27 am
                                  In UPA rule from one day to one month shut off channels . Why didn't condemned at that time. No designer politicians start to barking. Now a days become a habit to criticize and makes controversy in every decision taken by the govt. Public will ignore it.
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                                    DILIP
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:50 am
                                    THey should be taken off the air completely, they are all paid ch000ts who sucks up and panders to the barbaric muslims of India to prove their pseudo sickular liberal credentials. We say strip all the anchors of the shows and flog them in public Taliban type. They are all bunch of hyper pseudo liberal ch000tiyas.
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                                      Jumla
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                                      at least the Italian mafia family never allowed the ISI agents from stan to enter Pathankot air base, Mr Vijay. the 'mafia family' defeated stan in 1948, 1965 and 1971. today, our civilians and soldiers are getting killed every day. the ceasefire on the LOC is gone.
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                                        Jumla
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                                        yes, Mr Dilip, your masters in the Modi govt allowed an ISI agent from stan to enter our soil and the Pathankot base for which the NDTV India is being supposedly banned for a day... every day our civilians and jawans are dying on the border. it seems you are a completely blind bhakht. ISI agents in Pathankot base is okay for you???
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                                          Prem external
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                          Dear Sirs,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Through these columns, many times I had expressed my concerns - during Mumbai attacks on Taj Hotel and other locations, the media rela live telecast of our commandos landing on the terrace and doing anti terrorist operations - this was terrible and putting the precious lives of our Indian brothers, our commondos at risk !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And some private channels in the media shamelessly took credit saying "we are the first to show it live" - I have NO PROBLEM with this ban, honestly. My fellow countrymen's lives and my country's safety and security is a zillion times important to me, than having the so-called 'real-time coverage' which is not going to help me in anyway, but will certainly help and in fact HAS HELPED the terrorists d up inside the hotel, who knew about the operations - that could have surely contributed to the death of our Hero commando Unnikrishnan of the Indian Army. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All these people against the ban, stop giving hollow 'sermons' - if your brother or son or relative is inside the army camp and this live coverage is shown that helps the terrorists, then talk with your hand on the heart, saying 'this ban is wrong'.... I challenge everyone of you !
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                                            Prem external
                                            Nov 6, 2016 at 10:38 am
                                            Not just NDTV, ANY newspaper or channel or any publication, MUST be banned, in the interest of the country's security and safety.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NO ONE IS ABOUT THE NATION.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In fact, I am surprised that the ban is only one day !!! Like just a TOKEN ban.... It should be more severe, for atleast a week or a fortnight.....
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