I am deliberately juxtaposing the comment below, posted by my learned friend Dhiranjan Malvey, with the hauntingly prophetic lines from Dr Rahat Indauri. Because I'd instinctively love to side with NDTV against the government but for the glaringly irresponsible and unprofessional behaviour of the popular media which refuses to regulate itself. Malvey ji makes a powerful argument which must be taken into account even if we decide to stand by NDTV, be it reluctantly...
"I beg to differ. Just because NDTV is a TV channel, just because it has a political clout, just because it can create stir among the media fraternity, it does not mean that it is above the law of the land. If an ordinary nameless and faceless cotizen is bound by the law of the land, so are the media persons. They do not have a right to claim any special privilege just because they have a voice or they begin to feel special due the nature of their job.
There is nothing irregular or illegal or dictatorial about banning NDTV for a day. Right to freedom of speech as enshrined in the Article 19(1)(a) of the the constitution is not absolute but subject to certain reasonable restrictions as enshrined in the Article 19(2). Security of the state is one of them.
In the instant case, NDTV has been found guilty of compromising the security of the state by covering the Pathankot happenings in an irresponsible manner. The liability of the channel was established after following the due process of law and natural justice after giving NDTV due opportunity to defend itself.
If NDTV is feeling aggrieved, then it can always approach High Court under article 226 or Supreme Court under article 32 instead of indulging in theatrics and mobilising support among politicians and media persons.
Just because one does not like the face of Modi or hates BJP, it would be grossly unfair to smell something foul behind every move of the government. Governments can not function like that. In fact, channels were blacked out during the regime of UPA government as well but then no body made any hue and cry. Does it not show double standards?"
--Dr Dhiranjan Malvey