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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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website Scroll.in,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

Times Now's daily harangue against the Congress Party got fresh grist with Karnataka's Congress government declaring Lingayats as a separate religion. Anchor Rahul Shivshankar took personal credit for his channel not having been taken in by Rahul Gandhi's speech at the Congress plenary on Saturday claiming that the Congress would unify the country. A poll was duly presented:What do you think about the Congress? Unites India: 25 percent.  Divides India: 75 percent. Now there's a channel the BJP can always count on.                     

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