The Shiv Sena on Tuesday slammed the opposition for criticising the Union government’s proposed one-day ban on news channel NDTV, saying that some decisions are taken concerning national security and should not be politicised.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the party said that this is not the first time that such a ban is being put in place. “Between 2005 and 2014, the Congress regime had ordered bans on different news channels in 21 cases. There was even a 30-day ban on a news channel that had conducted a sting operation. Congress ministers should not talk about the newspapers’ or media’s freedom,” said the editorial.
The Congress should talk about the censorship imposed on the media under the guise of national emergency, when a number of editors were put behind bars and offices of media organisations were brought under lock and key, the Sena said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government decided to impose a one-day ban on NDTV on November 9 for allegedly revealing strategically sensitive information during a terror attack on an Indian Air Force base. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has currently put the ban on hold.