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I&B Minister decries NDTV ban controversy


New Delhi : Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, on Saturday, made it clear that the government will not back off from the ban imposed on NDTV India Hindi news channel “just for one day as a token”, saying it “cannot get away completely for being even unrepentant.”

In a 2-page statement, along with some advisories issued by the UPA government, he decried the “motivated, ill-informed and politically-inspired” controversy on the ban, asserting that it was only a logical conclusion of the advisories issued by then UPA government after 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai in 2008.

He asserted that the decision against NDTV India was not based on any newly invented rule or principle. He said the government was fully empowered under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 to regulate or prohibit transmission of any channel or programme “in the interest of sovereignty, integrity and security of India” and take action on transmission of any objectionable content inconsistent with public interest.

Referring to the strong protest by the Editors Guilt of India describing it as a return of the Emergency days, he said: “I leave it to the wisdom of the Editors Guild to ponder if the decision against NDTV India for the reasons explained is really reminiscent of the dark days of emergency.”