A lifetime ban must be imposed on NDTV India, says Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra Goel. Coming down heavily on the channel in a series of tweets, Goel said that even the court berated it for playing with nation's security.
He also criticized those opposing the ban and likening it with the era of emergency. He said that the UPA government was planning to slap a ban on Zee news during its regime, when all intellectuals turned a blind eye to it and kept mum. Now, they are in the forefront to shout against ban on NDTV, he opined.
One day ban on NDTV Hindi, imposed by broadcasting ministry as a penalty for allegedly revealing “strategically-sensitive information,” has triggered a controversy as many media organisations across the country came up in the support of the channel.
Many national media and politicians marked their protest against the recommendation of inter-ministerial committee of The Information and Broadcasting ministry that NDTV Hindi, be taken off air for allegedly revealing “strategically-sensitive information” while covering the Pathankot terrorist attack earlier this year.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had took it to the Twitter to condemn the recommendation saying it shows “ an emergency-like attitude”. She also said that if the government had any issues with its coverage of Pasthankot terror attack, there are other provisions available.
After imposing ban on NDTV Hindi, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also issued an order that an Assam-based news channel be taken off-air for a day. The order was issued following the recommendations of a high-level panel which concluded that the channel had “violated” programming guidelines on more than one occasion.
The order, issued on 2 November by the MIB, has sought that the channel ‘News Time Assam’ be taken off-air through 9 November. NDTV was also asked to go off-air on the same day.