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 orderÂ 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),Â to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of the channel on any platform throughout India w.e.f. 00:01hrs onÂ November 9, 2016Â till 00:01hrs ofÂ November 10, 2016Â ostensibly for the channelâs 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 channelâs stance on the matter. âIt isÂ surprisingÂ 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,â 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-regulatoryÂ body of the NBA. âIn the interest of the freedom of the media, the association requests the ministry to kindly re-consider its decision,â requested the association.