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 The Editors’ Guild has condemned the ban and demanded that the decision be withdrawn immediately, saying it was reminiscent of the emergency period.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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    Sirius
    Nov 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    The joke is on you. Where did 'Sar-dard-desai' start his career ?
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 7, 2016 at 7:28 am
      To speak language is not freedom of expression.
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        Dharma
        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.
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          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.
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            Indian
            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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              Janakiram
              Nov 7, 2016 at 7:20 am
              Nation hopes the Supreme Court would protect the interest and security of the country and not the interest of the Terrorists TV NDTV.
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                Girish
                Nov 7, 2016 at 11:03 am
                Please find out who's paying NDTV for telecasting news, which are selectively against current government. Was the earlier government full proof? Why no news were seen again so many wrong doings of the same?
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                  Girish
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 10:29 am
                  There should be provision to stop all activities of such channels, for ever.
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                    Girish
                    Nov 7, 2016 at 11:05 am
                    You will get answers to all your questions, when you find out who all are they?
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                      Manian
                      Nov 7, 2016 at 7:15 am
                      Supreme Court must note that NDTV jeopardised the security of the nation by effectively giving out security details to terrorists during 26 11 and during Kargil war. Supreme Court must not bow down to the terrorist TV, and should not interfere with the government order.
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                        Navan
                        Nov 7, 2016 at 7:54 am
                        NDTVs argument that other TVs also did the same why action only on NDTV? This argument is absurd and nonsense. If this argument is accepted, every criminal would say that no punishment should be given to any criminal until all criminals are caught. NDTV has done the criminal act of giving out the security details to terrorists, putting the lives of innocent civilians and security at risk. NDTV, instead of expressing regret, is saying it has the right to act against the country. NDTV must be banned permanently.
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                          Rahul Sharma
                          Nov 22, 2016 at 3:45 am
                          Worlds largest dictatorship!
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                            Sane Indian
                            Nov 7, 2016 at 7:21 am
                            Exactly, let the court decide.. Let the facts come out..
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                              Sane Indian
                              Nov 7, 2016 at 7:23 am
                              Liar Liar Born Liar..Smuggling,polygamy , triple talaq hamari kaam
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                                Tinku
                                Nov 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                                NDTV should expose the vypam scam and how vijay malliya and lalit modi escaped the country. Enough of this corrupt government.
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                                  Soundar
                                  Nov 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                                  Gagging print media , electronic media, freedom of speech is murder of democracy.
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                                    sweet mom
                                    Nov 7, 2016 at 11:39 am
                                    If you don't know something then it's immature comment and needs verification????????????? Grow up man
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                                      TIHAEwale
                                      Nov 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm
                                      Motor mouth changed stand when dakshina was delivered. Amid widespread condemnation over the one-day ban imposed on NDTV India, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (IandB) 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 IandB Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy.
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                                        Vaishnavi
                                        Nov 7, 2016 at 7:22 am
                                        NDTV can shift to stan or Syria, where ISI or ISIS, whose cause NDTV seems to be working for, could give them the real freedom of expression to the TV. Any self respecting true Indian should stop watching this TV.
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                                          Vaishnavi Subbarao
                                          Nov 7, 2016 at 7:11 am
                                          It appears NDTV has become anti-national Jihadists channel, serving the interests of terrorists both within and outside India. It is high time this channel is completely banned in India. NDTV can shift to stan or Syria, where ISI or ISIS, whose cause NDTV seems to be working for, could give them the real freedom of expression to the TV. Any self respecting true Indian should stop watching this TV. Supreme Court must reject the NDTV peion and order the government to ban this anti-national TV permanently.
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                                            Ya Dajjal
                                            Nov 8, 2016 at 12:24 am
                                            Now that he knows the government means business, expect Prannoy to sing deshbhakti kirtans - he only worships money, sadly for Congis ,Commies
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