Requests the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to kindly re-consider its decision to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of the channel on November 9
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | November 5, 2016
News Broadcasters Association (NBA) through a statement has stood with NDTV India against a government order to ban the channel for a day. The association has expressed its deep concerns about the decision taken by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of the channel on any platform throughout India w.e.f. 00:01hrs on November 9, 2016 till 00:01hrs of November 10, 2016 ostensibly for the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot terror attack on 2.1.2016 on the ground that the channel gave out sensitive information to the handlers of terrorists.
NBA in defence of NDTV has reiterated the channel’s stance on the matter. “It is surprising to note that NDTV India has been singled out by the IMC, when the rest of the media also did cover the terror attack and all such reports were available in the public domain. The IMC and the MIB should have seen it from the prism of freedom of the media, which is guaranteed in the constitution and not gone strictly by the regulations under the Cable Act,” said the NBA statement.
NBA recommended that it would have been appropriate if MIB had referred the alleged violations of NDTV India to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), the independent self-regulatory body of the NBA. “In the interest of the freedom of the media, the association requests the ministry to kindly re-consider its decision,” requested the association.