IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/09/2017

The third murder of a journalist in the month of September  took place in Mohali in Punjab. Journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found murdered at their house in Mohali on September 23.  HT and Scroll report that he was found with his throat slit and his mother appeared to be strangulated.  The Punjab Police have set up a Special Investigation Team to look into their deaths.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/09/2017

The Hindustan Times has announced that the editor of Mint, Sukumar Ranganathan  will become the editor-in-chief of the paper. The internal mail to staff said that the appointment of an editor for Mint would be announced shortly. The current editor Bobby Ghosh will remain with the company till October 31, the announcement said.                    

 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/09/2017

The Delhi High Court is inviting suggestions via  a Google form regarding how ongoing court proceedings should be reported. It says, " As per the deliberations of the Committee in its meeting held on 31.08.2017, questionnaires are hereby circulated to the members of the general public to give their suggestions on the subject matter to the Committee within 21 days." A committee on media reporting in courts was constituted by the acting CJ of the DHC earlier this year.                            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/09/2017

Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist from DinRaat news channel, was killed on Wednesday and several people were wounded in ongoing clashes between supporters of two rival tribal associations in Mandwai, about 28km from the Tripura capital of Agartala, HT reports.  He was covering an agitation and road blockade by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura.                     

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/09/2017
The back story of the huge apology notice published by the Hindustan Times on September 18 (see this Hoot brief) is to be found in the record of sittings of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. The apology was published three days after the last sitting to which the editor of HT was summoned. The notice given by  Andhra Pradesh MP Jithender Reddy was taken up five times by the Committee  between July end and September 15. This too has fed into the wide ranging speculation over the reason for the resignation of the current editor of the paper, Aparisim Ghosh.                       
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/09/2017

Did it really take the Hindustan Times almost six months to figure out that it had got the figures on the attendance  in Parliament of certain MPs, wrong? Or is there more to why it carried a front page apology covering half the page on September 18? It said, "In the edition of March 24, 2017, we had, because of a technical glitch, erroneously reported the attendance in Parliament of certain MPs. Below are the accurate figures. Hindustan Times offers an unconditional apology, and deeply regrets any offence or inconvenience caused." Of the seven MPs whom it said had 100 per cent attendance  not one had it, the paper listed six other names for this statistic. And the list of those whom it said had the worst attendance in Parliament is headed by Abhijeet Mukherjee, the former President's son, who in fact has a figure of 97 per cent attendance.                                    

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/09/2017

DAVP which releases govt ads to newspapers has suspended publications censored by the Press Council of India from its panel for two months. The list of empanelled newspapers who have been thus punished include Dainik JagranThe Times of India Bhubaneshwar, and Maharashtra Times, Pune.The PCI censure is for a range of reasons and covers 51 newspapers. The action lend bite to the PCI's censures, given that it is always described as toothless.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/09/2017

Mint reports that the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd  has withdrawn on September 12  a Rs 100-crore defamation case against Moneylife magazine and its founders Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal.  The case was filed in July 2015 after Moneylife published a whistleblower's letter which alleged that NSE had given preferential access to certain brokers while accessing its algorithmic trading platform.                                            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/09/2017

With eight internet bans mposed in the first two weeks of September India seems set to retain its dubious 2016 record of having imposed the highest number of internet bans in the world, reports  Newsclick.in.  A total of 55 instances of Internet being banned in different parts in India have been reported this year. This number is so far the highest anywhere in the world. 

            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/09/2017
The Delhi High Court has refused  to grant protection from arrest to activist Madhu Kishwar in a criminal defamation case brought by Rising Kashmir  editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari. Kishwar wanted interim protection because a non bailable warrant was issued against her by a Srinagar Court. In July she got a Supreme Court order to participate in the court proceedings of Srinagar by video conferencing. So the Delhi High Court suggested she do just that. "You want to avoid the trial. No interim protection," the judge is quoted as saying.                        
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The third murder of a journalist in the month of September  took place in Mohali in Punjab. Journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found murdered at their house in Mohali on September 23.  HT and Scroll report that he was found with his throat slit and his mother appeared to be strangulated.  The Punjab Police have set up a Special Investigation Team to look into their deaths.

The Hindustan Times has announced that the editor of Mint, Sukumar Ranganathan  will become the editor-in-chief of the paper. The internal mail to staff said that the appointment of an editor for Mint would be announced shortly. The current editor Bobby Ghosh will remain with the company till October 31, the announcement said.                    

 

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