After the ministry of information and broacasting ordered that leading Hindi news channel, NDTV India, be taken off air for a day for its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack, the channel has responded with an official statement saying that it is shocked at being singled out.
In a statement on its website, NDTV said:
"The order of the MIB has been received. It is shocking that NDTV has been singled out in this manner. Every channel and newspaper had similar coverage. In fact NDTV's coverage was particularly balanced."
The statement further added:
"After the dark days of the emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner. NDTV is examining all options in this matter."
The government on Thursday ordered NDTV India to be taken off air for a day on November 9 after an inter-ministerial panel constituted by the I&B ministry recommended the action over the broadcaster’s coverage of the Pathankot terror attack in January.
The panel had concluded that the channel ‘NDTV India’ had revealed crucial and “strategically sensitive” information when the terror attack on an IAF base was being carried out, official sources said.
The Information and Broadcasting ministry while invoking the powers under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act said it “orders to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of NDTV India channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hrs on 9th November,2016 till 00:01 hrs of 10th November, 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 last year.
The move has also garnered criticism from other journalists working in the Indian media:
One of India's most sober and responsible channels NDTV India to be banned for a day by I and B ministry. NDTV today, who tomorrow?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 3, 2016
Despite that,asking a channel to go off air for a day should be protested vehemently. Its NDTV today, could be you tomorrow. Unfortunate.— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) November 3, 2016
NDTV इंडिया पर प्रतिबंध अघोषित इमरजेंसी का पैग़ाम है। प्रतिबंध के रोज़ हर चैनल व हर अख़बार को प्रतिरोध में अपने परदे/पन्ने काले रखने चाहिए।— Om Thanvi (@omthanvi) November 3, 2016
The banning of NDTV India is a shocking flexing of govt muscle over free media. Don't shoot the messenger!— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) November 3, 2016
Feature Image Source: YouTube/NdtvIndia
(Inputs from PTI)