NDTV India ban: Ravish Kumar, mime artists ridicule ban on channel
Los angeles : In a shocking move, the Narendra Modi government on Friday banned Hindi news channel NDTV over its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack and decided to take it off air for a day (November 9).
The move is facing severe criticism from opposition parties and media bodies who are calling it tantamount to an assault on journalistic freedom.
To protest against the ban, prime time anchor Ravish Kumar of NDTV India fame, presented a unique show asking for solidarity and support from people.
He presented a special episode where two mime artists helped people understand what a person of 'authority' would prefer being questioned
Showing solidarity, the twitter handle of Rahul Gandhi’s office mentioned, "#NDTVBanned-shocking & unprecedented."
Congress leader Manish Tewari slammed Modi government by saying they want to send a clear message to the media – either get co-opted or get shot.
“This is a political decision to browbeat and intimidate the media and stifle the freedom of the press,” Tewari told The Hindu.
After the issue was trolled, Randeep Hooda tweeted: “Democracy is being throttled, asphyxiated. Media freedom is on the ventilator.”
While Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also lashed out calling the ban smacked of an Emergency-like attitude.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, tweeted: “I hope the whole media goes off air for a day in solidarity wid NDTV.”
Meanwhile, BJP defended its decision to accept the recommendation of an inter-ministerial committee, saying national security was supreme.
The News Broadcasters’ Association also expressed deep concern over the decision and requested the government to reconsider it.