Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned media channels to idolize Modi or face shutdown taking a lesson from the central government’s proposed ban on NDTV India for a day.
Kejriwal said the decision was a reminder to other news channels that they too would face a shut down if they refused to eulogise Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Here is what the Delhi Chief Minister Tweeted :
सुन लो सारे चैनल वालों। अगर मोदी जी की आरती नहीं उतारी तो आपका चैनल भी बंद कर देंगे। https://t.co/IWqyaNSvFX
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 3, 2016
Kejriwal’s former colleague and renowned Supreme Court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan dubbed the decision a ‘serious attack’ on media and free speech.
He said, “Govt orders shutdown of NDTV for Pathankot coverage while it tomtoms surgical strikes! This is the most serious attack on media & free speech.”
Govt orders shutdown of NDTV for Pathankot coverage while it tomtoms surgical strikes!This is the most serious attack on media & free speech https://t.co/sLb3AAGhQx
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) November 3, 2016
The channel was accused of revealing strategic operational details during the Pathankot attack.
In a hugely controversial decision, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Thursday had recommended taking news channel NDTV India off air for a day for allegedly revealing “strategically-sensitive” details during the coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack earlier this year.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday ordered NDTV India to go off air for a day in breach of the programme code governing content in news channels.
As a result of the order, the news channel will go off air for a day from 1 pm on November 9.
The move, a Ministry official said, followed recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee, which concluded that the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack revealed strategically sensitive details of the government’s offensive against terrorists.
The matter pertains to the coverage of the Pathankot terror attack by the channel where the committee felt that “such crucial information” could have been readily picked by terrorist handlers and had the potential to “cause massive harm not only to the national security, but also to lives of civilians and defence personnel.”
Do you think the decision made by The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is right or pulling Narendra Modi’s pants after handpicking any unnecessary topic every now and then has become a strategical part and habit of Arvind Kejriwal. Do not forget to leave your views in the comments section below.