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Ban on NDTV, an undeclared Emergency?

Modi Government bans NDTV, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warns others, while renowned Supreme Court lawyer terms it a ‘serious attack’ on media.

After proposal from the central government to ban NDTV India for a day, the social media has erupted in support of the news channel. Senior journalists and news organizations have publicly condemned the government’s day-long ban on NDTV India.

Kejriwal said on Thursday that it is a reminder to other news channels that they too would face banning if they refused ‘Modi raj’.

The information and Broadcasting ministry’s inter-ministerial committee has decided that news channel NDTV India be taken –off for 24 hours for broadcasting “strategically sensitive information “during the course of its coverage of anti-terror operations at the airbase of Pathankot in January this year.

The order mentions that NDTV channel also gave out details of locations, schools, and residential areas at the airbase, endangering the lives of the residents.

On the same hand, The Editors Guild of India has released a statement in support of NDTV and has requested the government to withdraw the ban immediately. “The decision to take the channel off the air for a day is a direct violation of the freedom of the media and therefore the citizens of India and amounts to harsh censorship imposed by the government reminiscent of the Emergency,” the Editors Guild of India said in a statement.

Renowned Supreme court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan said the shut down decision a ‘serious attack’ on media.

NDTV India has been ordered not to broadcast on Wednesday, November 9, with a government panel ruling that it had divulged “strategically sensitive details” while covering January’s deadly attack on the Pathankot air base.

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