With large swathes of the Andhra Pradesh media either owned by political parties or lined up behind them, unbiased news is a rarity.
As the AP and Telangana governments try to muzzle the media, the latter, playing its own games, has either bent or crawled.
For Telangana journalists, Christmas has come early. Santa Rao has given them flats virtually free of cost.  
The Telangana media, by reporting the ruling party’s leaks, has become complicit in its violation of the election code of conduct.
Misuse of family-owned media at election time is exemplified in Warangal by the CM's newspaper and TV channel.
TV channels are caught in the crossfire when Andhra Pradesh and Telangana fight. But they also make the fur fly because their owners are politicians.
With free expression in the news the continuing blackout of two TV channels in Telangana bears remembering.
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The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        

Television Post reports that the MSO Hathaway has switched  off the Times Network owned channels from its platform for non-payment of outstanding dues.  Hathaway had apparently been running scrolls informing subscribers about the impending switch-off. Hathaway and Times had signed a one year fixed fee deal which Times Network wanted revisited, though the contract runs till March.                

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