Challenging Centre’s order to black out its Hindi channel for one day, NDTV has moved the Supreme Court against the proposed ban, calling it ‘unconstitutional.’ As per a statement filed in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), NDTV in relation to the November 9 blackout writes, “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.”
Last week, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had ordered NDTV India to go off air for 24 hours on November 9, alleging that the channel had disclosed sensitive information during its coverage of Pathankot terror attack in January. To which, NDTV protested by saying that its reporting of the incident wasn’t different to what other national televisions networks and news organisations were already reporting.
The I and B ministry while invoking the powers under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act said it “orders to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of NDTV India channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hrs on 9th November,2016 till 00:01 hrs of 10th November, 2016”.
Meanwhile, the Editors Guild of India has strongly condemned the unprecedented decision of an inter- ministerial panel to take a leading Hindi channel off air for a day and termed it a “direct violation” of the freedom of the press. The editor’s body demanded that the order be “immediately rescinded”.