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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Paid news falls within the citizen's right to free speech and the Election Commission has no business trying to stop it, according to the Delhi High Court. ET reports that while the EC thinks paid news is a major challenge to conducting free and fair elections, and 15 cases of paid news were identified in the recently concluded Karnataka polls, the HC says the EC's remit is confined to the poll expenditure of a candidate, and not the content of the advertising s/he spends on.                                                             

Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving 9 persons dead in police firing.          

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