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NDTV India one-day ban: Channel takes government to Supreme Court

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

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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 The Editors’ Guild has condemned the ban and demanded that the decision be withdrawn immediately, saying it was reminiscent of the emergency period.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.

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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  1. S
    Nov 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    The joke is on you. Where did 'Sar-dard-desai' start his career ?
    1. C
      Chander Pal
      Nov 7, 2016 at 7:28 am
      To speak language is not freedom of expression.
      1. D
        Nov 7, 2016 at 7:40 am
        These so called "liberals", corrupt mainstream media editors, fake secular brigade, fake intolerance campaigners, and fake Award Vapsis would not hesitate even to sell the nation for money. For so long they thrived with the Corrupt Congi government at the centre and shared the loots from 2G, Coalgate, CWG, etc. For the first time, we have peoples government in place. The Italian mafia family, their propaa TVs, and of course anti-national terror elements are feeling the pressure.
        1. I
          IML sood
          Nov 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm
          Why this channel want India to become Middle East by supporting anti national elements.Perhaps hits owner has some hidden aim to create unrest among communities and gain more and more TRP.
          1. I
            Nov 7, 2016 at 8:05 am
            The Corrupt media headline "Channel takes government to Supreme Court" seems to give moral boost to the terrorist TV. The correct headline should have been "Channel approaches Supreme Court"
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