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One-day ban on Hindi NDTV puts on hold, channel moves SC

November 07, 2016 08:08 PM
NDTV Hindi anchor Ravish Kumar

New Delhi, Nov 7: The I&B ministry has put on hold the order against Hindi channel NDTV India, according to PTI on Monday.  

"We now update that NDTV Ltd and others have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble Supreme Court challenging the said order, inter-alia, challenging the constitutional validity of the said order and the provisions of law pursuant to which the said order has purportedly been passed," the company said. 



Earlier, NDTV India had moved the Supreme Court against the government's order banning its telecast for a day on November 9 for its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack.

The petition challenged the Constitutional validity of the government order, the channel said in filing to the stock exchanges.

In the filing, NDTV said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had directed stopping of transmission or re- transmission of its Hindi news channel, NDTV India for a day from 00.01 hrs of November 9, 2016 till 00.01 hrs of November 10, 2016.

"We now update that NDTV Ltd and others have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble Supreme Court challenging the said order, inter-alia, challenging the constitutional validity of the said order and the provisions of law pursuant to which the said order has purportedly been passed," the company said.

NDTV India on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the government’s order banning its telecast for a day on November 9 for its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack.

The petition challenges the Constitutional validity of the government order, the channel said in filing to the stock exchanges.

In the filing, NDTV said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had directed stopping of transmission or re- transmission of its Hindi news channel, NDTV India for a day from 00.01 hrs of November 9, 2016 till 00.01 hrs of November 10, 2016.

Sources said a senior advocate is likely to mention the matter on Tuesday.

On its website, NDTV has mentioned that it has challenged the government’s one-day ban, refuting the allegations and pointing out that other channels and newspapers reported the same information.

The ban has been widely condemned by journalists and editors with all press councils drawing parallels to the Emergency of the 1970s when basic constitutional rights, including the freedom of the press were blatantly violated, the channel said on its website.

 

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