"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 responds to MIB order shocked that they have been singled out
news Media Friday, November 04, 2016 - 09:17

Following an order from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asking Hindi news channel NDTV India to go off-air on November 9 for violation of broadcasting rules during the Pathankot attacks, NDTV has released a statement, saying that their coverage was balanced and that is “examining all options in this matter.”

An inter-ministerial committee of the I&B Ministry had recently recommended that the Hindi channel be shut down for a day for revealing “strategically sensitive” details during its live broadcast.

An officer in the I&B Ministry told The News Minute that the ministry is likely to accept the recommendations of committee and direct NDTV India to serve the penalty, however NDTV has the option to appeal the order in the tribunal.

In its statement, 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. 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.”

NDTV India allegedly revealed information on the ammunition stockpiled in the airbase, MIGs, fighter-planes, rocket-launchers, mortars, helicopters, fuel-tanks etc while counter-terrorist operations were on. 

The committee reportedly felt that “crucial information” broadcast by NDTV during the operations could have been picked by the terrorist handlers, compromising not only national security but also the lives of civilians and defence personnel.

While a show-cause notice was issued to the channel, NDTV India replied stating that it was a case of “subjective interpretation” and the information that had been broadcast was already in the public domain. 

 

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