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Ban, a security issue: Parrikar

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Panaji: With opposition and media criticising the government action against NDTV India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today stressed that it was a security related issue and the channel appeared to have violated guidelines for coverage of terror attacks.

“It is not a ban. They have been asked to put off the channel temporarily for a day,” Parrikar told reporters here in response to a query. “When you show the anti-terror operation live, the handlers of terrorists get the information…. It appears that these guidelines were violated by the channel during the Pathankot attack coverage,” he said.

The minister added, “The guidelines on airing the live anti-terrorist operations were issued by the UPA government after the (26/11) 2008 Mumbai attack. In last five years, there were 21 such incidents wherein different channels violated the guidelines.”