Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has joined the chorus in condemning the one-day ban on Hindi news channel NDTV India for airing “strategically sensitive details” during the Pathankot terror attack.
The first-of-its-kind order has imposed a blackout prohibiting “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 to 00:01 hrs of 10th November”.
He said it was because Rule 6(1)(p) of the Programme Code of the Cable TV Network Rules, 1994 under which the ban was imposed states – ” No programme should be carried in the cable service which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, wherein media coverage shall be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate Government…, till such operation concludes ”
I spoke just now with @ravishndtv, and told him that the one day ban on NDTV was illegal. pic.twitter.com/us6kqQqZjD — Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
I spoke just now with @ravishndtv, and told him that the one day ban on NDTV was illegal. pic.twitter.com/us6kqQqZjD
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) November 5, 2016
A special episode of PrimeTime anchored by Ravish Kumar using mime artists following a ban order on NDTV India. india
He said mere reporting about anti terrorist operations is not live coverage and NDTV had only reported about anti terrorist operations, but had not shown any scenes of security forces chasing or fighting with terrorists.
A section of country’s top editors and press groups ranging from the Editors Guild of India to the Broadcast Editors Association have demanded to revoke the ban saying it amounts to “harsh censorship” and a blatant violation of the freedom guaranteed to the press by the constitution.
According to Naidu the “belated criticism of the action is clearly ill informed and politically inspired.”