SC to hear NDTV case on December 5

‘One-day ban on hold’ a face-saving move?

New Delhi: What is seen as a victory for the media in its battle against the Union government for its one-day ban on NDTV India Hindi channel, the government had put it on hold on the eve of its implementation on November 9. The decision followed a meeting between Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials, including Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and NDTV top brass in New Delhi on Monday. The TV channel is reported to have requested the ministry to review its decision.

Without making the decision look like a climb-down, the Union government said it had kept the one-day ban in abeyance. Its decision that came in the evening has left media watchers wondering whether its face-saving move is the result of NDTV moving the Supreme Court in the morning which listed the petition for hearing for Tuesday. When the matter came up for hearing  as a ‘mentioning matter’, the apex court observed that there was nothing to hear as the government had already put on hold the one-day telecast ban on November 9. The court posted the matter for December 5.

On Monday, putting the ban order on hold, Minister Venkaiah Naidu gave NDTV India officials a chance to present their case once more before an inter-ministerial committee. The ban was imposed for allegedly showing sensitive details of terror attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot in January this year.

 

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