Congress, JD(U) slam Modi government for banning news channel

New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) The Congress and the JD(U) on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government for banning NDTV India news channel for a day, saying it is wrong and the ban should be withdrawn immediately.

K.C. Tyagi of the JD(U) told IANS that there is no merit in the ban and it should be revoked immediately.

“This act of the government reminds me of the Emergency days,” he said, asking whether from now onwards the government would decide what news would be aired on television or published in newspapers.

The Congress also criticised the government. It said: “It’s a message to entire Indian media — either play ball or get shot.”

“This step of the government should be tackled with more sensitivity by the media,” Manish Tewari, Congress leader and former Information & Broadcasting Minister, told a press conference here.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has directed the news channel to go off air from the midnight of November 8 to midnight of November 9 for allegedly breaching broadcast norms in its coverage of the January 2 terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot.