Twitter goes mad about Government’s decision to ban NDTV for a Day
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has ordered Hindi news channel NDTV India to shut down on November 9, for it’s coverage on the Pathankot attacks in January of this year. Don’t worry, it’s not a permanent thing, it’s just for 24 hours.
The government imposed this punishment to the news channel for revealing strategically sensitive details in it’s live broadcast.
NDTV India allegedly revealed sensitive information about the ammunition stockpile, fighter planes, rocket launchers, mortars, fuel tanks, etc while the counter-terrorist operations were going on.
According to a PTI report the committee was concerned that NDTV leaked crucial information that could have potentially been used by terrorists, leading to the national security being compromised.
Outraged by the order NDTV issued a statement stating, “ The order of the MIB has been received. It is shocking that NDTV has been singled out in this manner. Every channel and newspaper had similar coverage. In fact NDTV’s coverage was particularly balanced. After the dark days of the emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner. NDTV is examining all options in this matter.”
People took to twitter to express their discontent towards the ban:
One of India’s most sober and responsible channels NDTV India to be banned for a day by I and B ministry. NDTV today, who tomorrow?
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 3, 2016
Disgraceful government order calling for a blackout of our sister channel NDTV India. NDTV’s statement here: https://t.co/eWrKKCUQvH
— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) November 4, 2016
NDTV ban is shocking. If Govt had issues with Pathankot coverage,there are provisions available. But ban shows an Emergency-like attitude
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 4, 2016
I hope the whole media goes off air for a day in solidarity wid NDTV. https://t.co/rjHAk1Z53a
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2016
We stand with NDTV. Indian PM only loves those channels which spread baseless propaganda against Pakistan #NDTVBanned Stay strong NDTV
— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) November 4, 2016
Govt’s one day ban on NDTV India is arbitrary and perhaps even malafide use of authority. NDTV must challenge this in court right away. 1/2
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) November 3, 2016
Centre banned NDTV for a day. SC, Del Govt, DCW n now responsible media. Why is there an attack on institutions? V dangerous for democracy.
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) November 4, 2016
Not everyone is against the decision:
NDTV – A Legacy of supporting Pak-Terrorists from Kargil to Mumbai 26/11 to Pathankot. And yet #NDTVBanned for just 1 day!
— Avinash (@avinashbhat01) November 4, 2016
RT If U Feel It Should Be More Than 24 Hrs. #NDTVBanned
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 4, 2016
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