NDTV won’t apologise for Pathankot coverage
MUMBAI: New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) has told the Supreme Court that it will not tender an apology for its coverage of the Pathankot airbase terror attack on 2 January 2016.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for NDTV, informed a bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan who briefly heard the matter that the channel will not tender an apology for its coverage.
Law officer solicitor-general Ranjit Kumar said that, since NDTV had refused to furnishing a letter of apology, there was no other option but to hear the matter on merit. The case will be heard after three weeks.
The government had imposed a one-day blackout order against NDTV India (since held in abeyance) which will be reversed after it offers an apology.
On 3 November, 2016, the ministry of information & broadcasting (I&B) asked NDTV India to go off-air for a day on 9 November for revealing sensitive details on the Pathankot attack.
NDTV then moved the apex court challenging the constitutional validity of the order and the provisions of law pursuant to which the said order has purportedly been passed.