The one-day ban order on NDTV India might have evoked protest from several sections of the media with many of them terming this move as a grave breach of the freedom of expression but contrary to the protests and criticism that this move has invited from various quarters, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of the Essel Group of Companies and MP Rajya Sabha, took to Twitter to express his support on the gag order which has been issued by the government against NDTV India.
Recently, the News Broadcasters Association, the apex body that represents the private television news and current affairs broadcasters, in a statement criticized the move and stated, “the government should have seen it from the prism of freedom of the media, which is guaranteed in the constitution and not gone strictly by the regulations under the Cable Act.”
In a series of Tweets, Dr. Chandra argued for a lifetime ban on NDTV India citing reasons related to national security. He said the proposed ban was still a soft stance taken by the authorities given the sensitivity of the incident.
Dr. Chandra also questioned the Editor’s Guild and the so called intellectuals for their silence when a similar ban order was initiated against Zee during the UPA days. Expressing his full support on this ban order, Dr. Chandra said that those who attempt to compromise national security should be held accountable and there are no two ways about dealing with such situations.
It must be mentioned that the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has penalised NDTV for its coverage of the Pathankot terror attacks. According to the ministry statement, NDTV India compromised national security and risked the country’s strategic assets by airing counter-terror operations undertaken by the security forces.