NDTV faces 24-hours blackout for risking national security while covering Pathankot attack
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 04-Nov-2016

New Delhi, November 4: For risking the national security during coverage of Pathankot terror attack, the news channel NDTV India has been ordered for stop broadcasting for one day.  The decision was taken by Information and Broadcasting ministry’s inter-ministerial committee which ruled out the channel revealed ‘strategically-sensitive information’ during the course of its coverage of the anti-terror operations at the Pathankot airbase in January, therefore it should be taken off air for 24 hours.

The first-of-its-kind order has called telecast blackout denying the transmission or re-transmission of NDTV India channel for one day on any phase through all over the nation with effect from 00:01 hrs on ninth November to 00:01 hrs of tenth November.

The committee has in its order ruled that the activity could attract a discipline of taking the direct off-air for 30-days. However, taking notice that this is first such example being associated, the discipline has been diminished to a day-long power blackout, it states.

The committee order, dated November 2, alludes to NDTV's news broadcast somewhere around 1225 and 1231 hours on January 4, 2016, while counter operations by the security forces were still on at the Pathankot airbase. It expresses that the journalist on ground, while answering to questions postured by the stay, gave out deliberately sensitive data.

The broadcast alluded to the ammo stockpiled in the airbase, MiGs, military aircraft, rocket launchers, mortars, helicopters, fuel tanks which was probably going to be utilized by the terrorists themselves or their handlers to bring about gigantic threat not just to national security, but the remaining of the nation specially to life of common citizens and security faculty.

The order also specifies that the channel additionally gave out subtle information of schools and neighborhoods situated at the airbase, endangering the lives of regular citizens. The council has noticed that the broadcast was in clear infringement of the program code under Cable TV Network Rules, 1994, which averts live scope of hostile to psychological militant operations by security powers. Until the operations finish up, the principles additionally restrain media scope to just the preparation given by assigned authorities which for this situation is the DIG, NSG.

The order expresses that in answer to the service's showcase notice issued on January 29, the channel said that a significant part of the data was at that point in broad daylight area through driving distributions. Expelling the channel's stand that it involved subjective translation, the order takes note of that dissimilar to daily papers, TV has a far more extensive and immediate effect.

“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,” said a statement by NDTV.