IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/11/2017
Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                         
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/11/2017

Thenortheasttoday.com  reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/11/2017

All India Radio, unsurprisingly, is a tireless promoter of the PM's Mann ki Baat.  At this year's India International Trade Fair AIR has a stall on the theme of MKB, which is a big tourist draw, we are told by DD News. People are queuing up at the stall to drop their suggestions for the forthcoming edition of Mann Ki Baat, in a large box placed at the stall to collect letters addressed to Prime Minister.  This PMO certainly knows how to deploy the public broadcaster.               

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/11/2017

In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/11/2017

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017

On Tuesday night (Nov 14) ABP News went from communal sensation-mongering to rendering its own expose a damp squib in the space of a single news story at prime time. Its reporter set out to find out why some homes  in Ahmedabad's housing societies woke up in the morning to find a red cross marked on their front doors. Whats more it was only on the doors of Muslim residents. Who,what, why? Those questions never really got answered.  In going from colony to colony the reporter ended up finding that  the mark was not only on the doors of Muslim homes, and that the corporation and some kind of a GPS-based garbage collection drive was behind it.                                          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017

NDTV reports that Director Sujoy Ghosh, head of the  jury for the Indian Panorama section at the 48th International Film Festival of India, has resigned. Last week the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reportedly removed two films from a list picked by the jury to be screened at the festival.  Missing from the list of films were Malayalam movie S Durga and the Marathi film Nude. Meanwhile  The Hindu tweeted that  film maker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who has made S Durga, plans to file a writ petition in the Kerala High Court to protest  the non-inclusion.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/11/2017
Journalist Vinod Verma's judicial remand has been extended till November 27. The journalist whose arrest in Ghaziabad on Oct 27 created a stir, was subsequently taken to Raipur in connection with a sleaze CD case involving a Chhattisgarh minister. His bail plea has been rejected.                              
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/11/2017

This HT story says that "a section of JNU students" allege "that they cannot access any videos relating to JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and politicians Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Bannerjee. Other members of opposition parties  are showing no results”.  Apparently access  to news sites of NDTV, The Wire, and others are also blocked by redirecting users to a page that says they are trying to access “adult content.” Wifi censorship? Now thats a new one.                                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/11/2017

After The Hoot wrote this brief  on how the Indigo fracas was covered it seems we goofed in praising TOI, which in turn had goofed in labelling  the employee who shot the video as a whistleblower who was sacked. The airline says that far from being a whistleblower the man was the real culprit in the incident, telling two other employees to stop the passenger from boarding the bus. What isn't clear at all though is how he shot a video while being at the centre of the action himself. And a video which implicates him!                             

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Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                         

Thenortheasttoday.com  reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

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