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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In the controversy over the ANI story on accounts from Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia retweeting Rahul Gandhi's tweets, Altnews.in has found  that the BJP's IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted a screenshot of one of  the Twitter accounts taken two hours before ANI's story was published at 1.05 pm. The screenshot records the time it was taken.  That was also true of a screenshot  of another account which Malviya tweeted. Ten accounts are listed in ANI’s article. So did the evidence of these retweets get fed to ANI by the BJP?  Or did the BJP have prior knowledge of the story ANI was going to do?  Malviya began tweeting right after the ANI story was published.                               

The Hindu reports that a  journalist with the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran and a member of the RSS, Rajesh Mishra, was shot dead in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. His brother was also shot at and critically injured. Several rounds were filed at him by unidentified motorbike-borne assailants. Police said suspected enmity could be the reason for the murder. Mishra worked as a block-level stringer with Dainik Jagran and was also a block in-charge of the RSS.                                                                   

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