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Is NDTV's 1-Day Ban Really Happening Or Not?

Television channel NDTV India had been ordered to go off the air by an inter-ministerial committee. The order came out on Thursday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as it said that the television news channel has violated the broadcast norms while reporting the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, earlier this year.

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Is NDTV's 1-Day Ban Really Happening Or Not?

Is NDTV's 1-Day Ban Really Happening Or Not?

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The channel has been reported to reveal  "strategically-sensitive" details.

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The anchor and the correspondent of the channel gave away the extra-information.

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The information was about how the army was planning to tackle the terrorists.

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The report against the channel said: 

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"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."

Other details were also revealed which were not provided in the government briefing given during the attack.

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Which was about the details of the ammunition stockpiled at the airbase, an arms cache, of MIGs and fighter-planes, and fuel-tanks that the terrorists could attack.

Accordingly, Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2015 had been violated.

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To the whole issue NDTV responded:

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Saying that it was a case of "subjective interpretation" and most of the information they had let out was already available in the public domain through print, electronic and social media.

However, the committee said: "The channel appeared to give out the exact location of the remaining terrorists with regard to the sensitive assets in their vicinity."

The channel was about to go off air on Nov 9, 2016

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Similar cases have occurred before where about 28 instances of violation have taken place and the channels were asked to go off air.

However, there has been changes in the order.

However, there has been changes in the order.

The orders of ban have been put on hold because the channel says that they did not let out any sensitive details. Also, the channel wasn't given a fair chance to offer evidence in their support.

Top media bodies expressed solidarity for the channel.

Top media bodies expressed solidarity for the channel.

In which, they are saying that it would send a "dangerous signal" to the entire press.

Do you think the ban should be revoked?

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