‘Democracy’s darkest hour’ to ‘well deserved’: Who said what about NDTV India ban

A look at what politicians, journalists and lawyers have said on the government’s decision to ban NDTV for a day.
Ravish Kumar, senior executive editor, NDTV India.(Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)
Ravish Kumar, senior executive editor, NDTV India.(Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 01:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

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

Digvijaya Singh, Congress general secretary

Kavita Krishnan, CPI(ML) leader and activist

Indira Jaising, senior lawyer

Rajdeep Sardesai, senior journalist

Shekhar Gupta, senior journalist

Vineet Jain, managing director, Times of India group

Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament and chairman, Essel Group

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