A day after government decided to impose a blackout on NDTV India for a day, the Editors' Guild has come out in strong support of NDTV India. In a release, the guild has deemed this censorship a violation of freedom of media, "This amounts to harsh censorship imposed by the givernment reminiscent of the Emergency", said the body.
Quoting NDTV's statement on the government's decision, The Editors Guild said that the channel didn't carry any information that hadn't been covered by the rest of the media. Calling this an attempt by the Central government to entrust itself with the power to intervene in the functioning of the media, the guild felt the government was taking arbitrary punitive action as and when it didn't agree with the coverage.
The Editors' guild has also slammed the government for banning a channel instead of seeking legal intervention, "Imposing a ban without resorting to judicial intervention or oversight violates the fundamental principles of freedom and justice".
The guild demands that the ban order be rescinded immediately.