Supreme Court defers hearing on NDTV for 8 weeks

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The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the NDTV’s appeal hearing against the government ban for a day for eight weeks. The Centre’s Modi government had imposed a 24-hour ban on the NDTV India asking it to go off-air on 9 November for allegedly airing security related information linked to the terrorist attack on the Pathankot air force base in January this year.

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On 6 November, the apex court had deferred the hearing in the case to 5 December, citing reason of no urgency for its hearing.

However, NDTV refuted the allegations stating that other channels had also reported the same.

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On its website, NDTV has refuted the allegations and pointed out that other channels and newspapers had reported the same information.

The ban has been widely condemned by journalists and editors with all press councils drawing parallels to the Emergency of the 1970s when basic constitutional rights including the freedom of the press were blatantly violated, the channel said on its website.

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Janta Ka Reporter had announced blacking out its website in protest against the ban on NDTV.

(With ANI inputs)

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