I&B Ministry asks NDTV to go off air for a day over the coverage of Pathankot attack

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has ordered NDTV ‘s hindi news channel to go off air on 9 November as a penalty for, violating the broadcasting norms while reporting news of Pathankot terror attack in January 2016.

NDTV India has been penalized for the violation of Rule 6 of Programme Code of Cable TV act 1994 which states that, no program should be carried in cable the service which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, wherein media coverage shall be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate Government, till such operation concludes”

The report said that the news channel “had not shown any responsibility and sensitivity, and revealed strategically-sensitive details,” while reporting.

It is also mentioned in the report that,the channel has revealed crucial strategic information of stockpiled weaponry in IAF air base,Fighter Planes,Fuel Tanks, mortars even though, including details of schools and residential areas located at air base and many more,which was likely to be helpful for terrorists to cause massive harm to national security and lives of civilians and Defence personnel.

Ministry had amended the programming code on 23rd march 2015. It’s the first time news channel has been penalized after amendment.

Ministry first sent a show-cause to NDTV in January this year when it observed that channel had also revealed crucial information while reporting. on 2 November 2016, after deliberations ministry made the decision of banning NDTV India on 9 November 2016 for 24 hours.

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