NDTV India should’ve ‘repented’ to avoid action, hints Venkaiah

Published: 06th November 2016 12:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th November 2016 04:49 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu indicated that the Centre had decided to impose a one-day ban on NDTV India because the TV channel was “unrepentant” about its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack in January this year.

“The action was recommended so that the channel cannot get away completely for being unrepentant in the matter,” Naidu said in Chennai on Saturday.  The news channel has been ordered to go off air on November 9. The government said NDTV India’s coverage gave out sensitive details of the anti-terror operation and could have aided the terrorists.  

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu speaking at a
Builders’ Association of India event, in Chennai, on Saturday | PTI

“The government issued a gazette notification requiring TV channels to limit live coverage of anti-terror operations to the briefings of designated officers. NDTV India violated this provision and was found to be unrepentant on what they have done.” said Naidu. Naidu also rejected the Editors Guild’s suggestion that rather than imposing a one-day ban on the channel, the government ought to have approached the courts. Listing out the names of some of the channels that were banned in the past, Naidu said, “AXN was banned for two months. FTV was banned for two months.

Enter10 for one day. ABN AndhraJyoti seven days. Al Jazeera was banned for five days for showing wrong map of India. “These are all done earlier. Now they are saying it is done for the first time, murder of democracy, Emergency reminiscent and all,” the minister noted.

And Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said NDTV India “appeared to have violated the guidelines issued by the Centre” over the live coverage of an anti-terror operation. 

The Centre has also ordered that News Time Assam be taken off air for a day on November 9, following the recommendations of a panel which felt it had “violated” programming guidelines on more than one occasion. One of the allegations against the Assamese channel relates to telecasting a programme which revealed the identity of a minor who had been tortured while working as a servant.


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