Hindi news channel NDTV India has been asked to go off air for a day for violation of the programme code in the coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack.
A complaint had been received that the TV channel, while covering the terrorist attack, revealed strategically sensitive details of the government offensive against the attackers.
''''The channel has been given a week''s time to comply with the order, and it fails to do that, teleport operator will be asked to not to carry the signals of the channel for a day,'''' a senior official of the Ministry told UNI said here.
The decision for action was taken by the inter-ministerial committee under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act.. he deadline for compliance expires on November 9, the official said.
It is for the first time that such an action has been taken under the norms for coverage of terror attacks notified last year.
The need for norms was felt after the TV coverage of the Mumbai terror attack of 2008 raised several questions on the extent of freedom allowed to TV channels to cover terror attack as the live broadcast of events is said to have helped Pakistani terrorist in deciding their moves.UNI NAZ SB 2126
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