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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Chidambaram Interview Dropped as NDTV Censors News that ‘Compromises National Security’

“Our Army cannot be doubted or questioned or used for political gains,” channel staffers are told in an internal email.


The graphic that played out at the top of the 9 pm bulletin of NDTV 24×7 on October 6, 2016. The Indian soldiers who attacked terror targets in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir may have returned home without any fatalities on their side but there is one casualty that the surgical strike did cause on our side of the border: Indian journalism has been left grievously injured.

Marching right behind the special forces who crossed the Line of Control to deliver “five slaps” on Pakistan – to use defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s phrase – most news channels have crossed the line that separates journalism from PR and worse. If one channel is trying to get its anchors to end their bulletins with a ‘Jai Hind’ sign-off, another has created a ‘war room’  for its staff to play soldier – complete with an anchor wearing an imitation ‘flak jacket’ to shield him from enemy fire as he plans his own surgical strikes on Pakistan.