“After the dark days of the emergency, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner “


NDTV has responded to the decision to impose one day ban on its Hindi channel for Pathankot coverage.

Reacting to the decision, the channel sent an official statement out.

It said, “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting The order of the MIB has been received. It is shocking that NDTV has been singled out in this manner. Every channel and newspaper had similar coverage. In fact NDTV’s coverage was particularly balanced.

“After the dark days of the emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner. NDTV is examining all options in this matter.”

An Inter-ministerial committee of the I and B ministry on Thursday had recommended that a leading Hindi news channel NDTV India be taken off air for a day after it concluded that the broadcaster had revealed “strategically-sensitive” details while covering the Pathankot terrorist attack.

The ministry may now ask the channel NDTV India to be taken off air for a day on 9 November, according to sources, in what would be the first order against a broadcaster over its coverage of terrorist attacks.

Efforts to reach the channel for its comments could not fructify.

The matter pertains to the coverage of the Pathankot terror attack by the channel where the committee felt that “such crucial information” could have been readily picked by terrorist handlers and had the potential to “cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel.”

Meanwhile, social media has been replete with reactions from shocked users, who found the move incredible and reminiscent of Emergency.

Here are some reactions:



  1. @svaradarajan @RifatJawaid
    NDTV is just another business. Just curious, what is new in closing down the businesses by ministry because of their misdemeanour? NDTV is pathetic anyway.

  2. It is a deeper game to gain back the credibility of the NDTV in the eyes of the general public. It has recently become well known that it had started becoming pro government. By banning for one day, it creates the image that the government is against the channel but in reality the NDTV Channel is more dangerous as can be seen from the lack of coverage on critical failures of the government especially on its nexus with big business.

  3. if at all the sensitive matters are aired by ndtv its those who are expected to keep and maintain the sensitivity,responsible.should approach court and fight for damages and compensation for 1 day loss.

  4. NDTV IS a SELF PROMOTING, crony, agenda driven private commercial corporation which is neither elected by the people nor does it represent the people or the country.

  5. सर, देश मे इमेरजेंसी लगा हुआ है. कल ऑफीस नहीं आएँगे.— Employee 😀


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