NEW DELHI: Three news channels, who had been served showcause notices by the government for their coverage of the Yakub Memon hanging, defended their programmes saying no rules were violated.
The three channels-- NDTV, Aaj Tak and ABP News-- replied to the notices by the I&B Ministry. “All the channels have defended their coverage. They have also held that the content should be seen in the overall context of the programme,” a senior official said. He said that the channels had also said they held the judiciary in high esteem. “The matter will now be referred to an Inter Ministerial Committee as per the procedure,” he added.
The notice to the channels says that they had “allowed transmission of such content which not only questioned the judicial system of India but tended to denigrate the very institution by hinting that it is not at par with judicial systems existing in the UK and the US”.