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Hindi news channel moves SC over one-day ban for revealing ‘sensitive’ info during Pathankot attack

Hindi news channel moves SC over one-day ban for revealing ‘sensitive’ info during Pathankot attack

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 07, 2016 13:33 IST ]
NDTV moves SC over day ban for revealing sensitive info during Pathankot attack

A leading Hindi news channel on Monday moved the Supreme Court to challenge the government’s decision of imposing one-day ban for revealing "strategically-sensitive" details while covering the Pathankot terrorist attack.

"NDTV challenges the one-day ban on Hindi channel in the Supreme Court," NDTV said in a statement issued here.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday directed the news channel to go off air from the midnight of November 8 to midnight of November 9 for allegedly breaching cable TV norms in its coverage of the January 2 terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base.

In its reply, the channel said that it was a case of "subjective interpretation" and the most of the information they had put out was already in public domain in print, electronic and social media. 

The committee, in its order, however observed that the channel "appeared to give out the exact location of the remaining terrorists with regard to the sensitive assets in their vicinity" when they telecast in real time. 

 

The panel expressed "grave concern" that this was a matter of national security and that the channel had revealed sensitive details like location of ammunition depot viz-a-viz the space where the terrorists were holed up, location of school and residential areas.

(With IANS inputs)

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