Leaders of various political parties, including DMK President M Karunanidhi and MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, today slammed the BJP-led govrenment at the Centre for asking NDTV India to go off air for a day for its coverage on Pathankot anti-terrorist operations and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct intervention to protect the media freedom.
Karunanidhi also sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “guarantee” that the freedom of expression will not be affected in the BJP regime.
The 93-year-old leader said the latest action reminded him of the days of Emergency when his articles in party mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’ were banned.
“If the Central government continues with such activities, it will lead to a second Emergency and those black days will be etched in the minds of people,” he said.
Vaiko, in a statement, condemned the ban on NDTV India and said it was not an attack on television media but an affront on the democracy as a whole, reminding the dark days of emergency.
He said if some media publishes some content that endangered national security, necessary action should be taken as per law.