A leading news channel, NDTV, has been ordered to go off air for a day by the government for revealing strategically sensitive information during the coverage of Pathankot attack.
Sources told PTI that an inter-ministerial panel concluded that the channel revealed crucial and strategically sensitive information during its coverage over the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.
The Information & Broadcasting ministry invoked its powers under Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act and prohibited the channel transmission and retransmission.
The ministry said, “It orders to prohibit 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,2016 till 00:01 hrs of 10th November, 2016.”
It is alleged that the channel aired details about ammunition in the airbase which have potential to cause massive damage.
Sources said,”The committee felt that crucial information that was aired could have been readily picked by terrorist handlers and had the potential to cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel.”
In its defence, the channel told the committee that it was a case of subjective interpretation and the information they aired was already available in the public domain.