Blackout of NDTV: A time when Vajpayee government refused to ban Jaya TV

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

As it becomes increasingly clear with each passing day why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken away the Information and Broadcasting Ministry portfolio from Arun Jaitley and given it to M Venkaiah Naidu in the cabinet reshuffle in mid-July, the journalistic world is sharply divided over the daylong blackout of NDTV India and News Time Assam.

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today group Aroon Purie on Saturday tweeted a paragraph from the statement by the News Broadcasters Standards Authority (NBSA), an independent regulatory body set up by television channels: “Banning channels dangerous weapon in hands of government. Should respect well established self-regulation.”

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