NDTV India Ban Put On Hold
The one-day (Wednesday) ban on NDTV’s Hindi news channel for broadcast ‘sensitive’ details of January’s terror attack on the air force base in Pathankot, has been put on hold by Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
This comes after the Supreme Court agreed to hear NDTV’s plea for a stay on the ban on Tuesday.
On Monday afternoon, NDTV representatives met the I&B Minister. They reiterated that NDTV India did not broadcast sensitive details of January’s terror attack on the air force base in Pathankot – and that the channel had not been given a fair chance to offer evidence that it did not share any information that was different from what other channels and newspapers presented at the same time.
The ministry’s order said the Nov. 9 ban, announced on last Thursday, had been put aside while it reviews the case.
On Tuesday, the Press Club of India declared the government’s action amounts to “uncalled for censorship” at a time when “press freedom is already under increasing threat in the country”.