Bhopal: A large number of journalists, representing the print, television and online media, today met in the State capital and passed a resolution to condemn the decision of the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to impose a one-day ban on NDTV India.
The Bhopal journalists were unanimous in pointing out that they see the ban on NDTV India as an attack on freedom of expression. The media-persons, more than 100 of them who gathered here this afternoon to discuss the NDTV India related development, have decided to wear black bands as a mark of protest till November 9, the day set for NDTV India to go off air.
The Bhopal journalists today announced that they were forming a group that would be known as “Friends of Free Media”. Its charter is to build solidarity and protect the journalists’ rights.
Mumbai Press Club has reacted sharply and said in a statement that the ban against “a specific TV channel that has been critical of the government, and has done serious ground reporting on the views of the common man, does not augur well for freedom of expression of the country.”
Editors Guild of India and the Broadcast Editors Association have described the ban as :harsh censorship and asked the Government to withdraw the ban imposed on NDTV India.