Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdulla hammered Centre for its decision to pull off NDTV India from airing for a day and asked if these were the promised “achhe din (good days)”.
“NDTV India ordered off the air, opposition leaders detained for wanting to show solidarity with the family of dead soldier.”
“Achhe din anyone?” Omar wrote on twitter
NDTV India ordered off the air, opposition leaders detained for wanting to show solidarity with family of dead solider. Ache din anyone?
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 4, 2016
An inter-ministerial committee under Information and Broadcasting Ministry has directed “NDTV India” off air for one day on November 9. The order was taken for the channel’s alleged broadcasting of “sensitive” information during Pathankot terror attack earlier this year.
The order received by NDTV reads that “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”.
Various politicians,activists,and organisations have expressed their disagreement with the order. Editors Guild of India released a press release in which they describe the order is reminiscent of the Emergency.
Famous journalists took to social media to slam the government’s directive.
NDTV banned???? Come on! When I last checked, India was still a democracy.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) 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
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