Govt Blinks, Puts NDTV India Ban On Hold

9:06 am 8 Nov, 2016


Following days of uproar in the Indian media outlets and condemnation by a certain section of society, the Modi government has suspended a one-day ban on NDTV’s Hindi channel due on November 9.

The turnaround happened following a closed-door meeting of NDTV co-chairman Prannoy Roy with information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu wherein the fallout of the order was discussed.

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This lifting of ban is partial, and not the complete withdrawal.

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During the meeting, Roy told Naidu that their viewpoint was not appreciated in the right perspective, sources said.

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Information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu with PM Modi ndtv

Roy also sought a review of the decision and said that till such time the order should be put on hold.


Officials said that Naidu agreed to the request and the ministry will review the decision and till that time the order has been put on hold.

The 24-hour suspension was imposed by the I&B ministry on November 2 as a penalty for NDTV’s coverage of an attack on the Pathankot air force base. The ministry had said that the channel had divulged “strategically-sensitive details” while covering the attack which took place in January.

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The order against NDTV India was the first such ban on a television station for its reporting of an attack on the state.

On its part, NDTV has rejected the accusations, saying its coverage was “particularly balanced”, and it had been “singled out since every channel and newspaper had similar coverage.”

Earlier in the day, NDTV India moved the Supreme Court against the government’s order+ banning its telecast for a day for its coverage of the Pathankot attack.

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The decision to ban the channel was condemned by Editor’s Guild of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Federation of Press Clubs, Delhi Union of Journalists, Press Club of India and senior journalists from several media houses, saying it was an infringement on press freedom and demanded the decision be reversed immediately.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav even termed the ban an attack on democracy and said there was an “emergency-like situation” in the country.

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