Bhubaneswar: Media organizations, senior journalists have lashed criticisms on Modi government’s decision to take NDTV India off air for a whole day on November 9, publicly condemning the decision as ‘almost like freedom to express curbed during emergency’.
NDTV has been banned by Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s inter-ministerial committee for divulging ‘secret and sensitive information’ during live news coverage of Pathankot Air base last January.
“After the dark days of the emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner,” it said in a statement, adding that “every channel and newspaper had similar coverage.”
The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) also expressed concern over I&B ministry’s decision while demanding it to be withdrawn immediately. It showed astonishment as to why only NDTV has been singled out when every news organizations have broadcasted the same thing.
Similarly, Mumbai Press Club said the ban against a specific news channel which shows the views of the common man and has been critical of the government does show an ugly picture of freedom of expression in the country.
Notably, India stands at 133 places among 180 countries in terms of World Press Freedom Index