The government’s one-day ban order on NDTV India, for its coverage of the Pathankot attacks, has come under fire from opposition parties and media groups.
A flurry of reactions followed in the wake of the ban. A look at who said what in support of or against the NDTV ban:
Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice president
In his opening remarks at the Congress party’s working committee meeting, Rahul Gandhi sharply criticised the central government. “The Modi government is obsessed with power, it seeks to silence all those who disagree...,” said Gandhi.
Gandhi said that TV channels were being “punished” under the present government and declared that democracy was going through “one of its darkest hours.” Earlier, Gandhi had tweeted that he was ‘shocked’ by the NDTV ban.
Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister of Information and Broadcasting
Naidu publicly defended the ban on Saturday, calling it a “a culmination of the larger security concerns”.
He hit back at those criticising the ban: “The belated criticism is clearly ill informed and politically inspired. Such reactions that came a day after the government’s decision was in public domain on November 3, 2016 was clearly an after thought, suggesting a motivated design to create a controversy where none existed.”
Omar Abdullah, former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister
NDTV India ordered off the air, opposition leaders detained for wanting to show solidarity with family of dead solider. Ache din anyone?— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) 4 November 2016
Digvijaya Singh, Congress general secretary
It is only a beginning of BJP Model of Good Governance and their expertise of Media Control.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) 4 November 2016
Kavita Krishnan, CPI(ML) leader and activist
Modi said don't repeat Emergency. His Min says asking questions is anti national. NDTV banned for a day. If this isnt Emergency what is?!— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) 3 November 2016
Indira Jaising, senior lawyer
An Emergency is declared by law, a Super Emergency is undeclared ,can the Ministery explain by what authority of law NDTV is being banned ?— indira jaising (@IJaising) 4 November 2016
Rajdeep Sardesai, senior journalist
One of India's most sober and responsible channels NDTV India to be banned for a day by I and B ministry. NDTV today, who tomorrow?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) 3 November 2016
Shekhar Gupta, senior journalist
Vineet Jain, managing director, Times of India group
Gov should impose financial penalties but never take channel off air if laws are broken-against press freedom. https://t.co/nBEHLj0PvU— Vineet jain (@vineetjaintimes) 5 November 2016
Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament and chairman, Essel Group
देश की सुरक्षा में दो मत नहीं हो सकते। सरकार द्वारा NDTV इंडिया पर एक दिवसीय प्रतिबन्ध को मैं बिलकुल सही मानता हूँ! (5/5)— Dr. Subhash Chandra (@subhashchandra) 6 November 2016