Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has recommended imposing an one-day ban to NDTV, the news channel, for breaching the broadcaster norms while covering the Pathankot attacks.
The channel will be taken off air on November 9 for revealing “strategically-sensitive” information while covering the attacks from the spot at Pathankot airbase on January 2, reports say.
“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,” a report from the ministry of information and broadcasting stated.
The government blames the channel’s anchor and correspondent who covered the incident for giving out details of the terrorists’ way into the building and army’s counter plans.
The ban is the first such action on a broadcaster by the government and it has gathered negative remarks on the government for misusing power on news portals for not echoing the government’s views.
Taking the criticism to Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Listen to me all you channels. Your channels too will be closed if you don’t continue to worship Modi ji.”
“Govt orders shutdown of NDTV for Pathankot coverage while it tomtoms surgical strikes! This is the most serious attack on media & free speech,” said renowned Supreme Court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan.