India: Government puts NDTV ban on hold

After the Supreme Court announced it’d hear an appeal on Tuesday, A day-long ban on NDTV Indian news channel that was widely protested by the media has been put on hold.

Officials had said the channel would go off air on Wednesday. As a penalty for its coverage of an attack on Indian troopers in January, the Indian government ordered the Hindi language news channel to be taken off air for a day.

NDTV Hindi revealed strategically sensitive details during the deadly attack on the Pathankot airbase, The Ministry of knowledge and Broadcasting said.

Its coverage was “particularly balanced”, and it had been “singled out since each channel and newspaper had similar coverage,” NDTV rejected the accusations, saying.

It was an infringement on press freedom and demanded the choice be reversed immediately, said The Editors’ guild of India and opposition politicians condemned the ban.

India routinely asks entertainment TV channels to censor words it deems too offensive for local audiences.

The order against NDTV India was the first such ban on a TV station for its reporting of an attack on the state.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reader, One newspaper, has been banned for more than a month with officials saying its contents might incite violence.