IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/04/2018
Even as Zee News has been running programmes  questioning  the chargesheet filed in the Kathua rape case, Deepika Singh, lawyer for the Kathua victim’s family, has sent a legal notice To Zee Hindi News for a programme run by Zee Hindi News on April 17 in which Sudhir Chaudhury had alleged that Deepika Singh Rajawat had stayed at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, with the innuendo that she had supported anti-national elements. The notice said, "while my client reiterates that she has never stayed at JNU, she nevertheless firmly believes that there cannot be anything remotely wrong in staying in JNU, if ever she did. Your innuendoes and spreading of communal hatred constituted a threat to her life."    
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/04/2018
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/04/2018

Journalists are up in arms against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit who, in a patronising gesture, patted the cheek of a senior woman correspondent instead of answering some tough questions. The incident occured at a press conference that the Governor called to answer allegations of his involvement in the Nirmala Devi sexual favours scandal. In a letter to the governor, more than 200 journalists have demanded an unconditional apology from him.            

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/04/2018

Masked men on a motorcycle threw a petrol bomb at Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim's home on Tuesday night at 8.35 pm. She  escaped unhurt, but posted on her Facebook page," I am shocked. Those who did this ugly deed need to be arrested.. I heard the explosion and saw the flames rising. It's a terrible feeling". The Shillong Press Club, in a statement, condemned this "dastardly attack" and urged authorities to track and nab those responsible without delay.                       

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/04/2018

Cartoonist Swathi Vadlamudi received deaths threats on Facebook after her cartoon, posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts, depicting Ram and Sita in the wake of violence against women, went viral.  A complaint by the Hindu Sanghatan, an ultra-Hindu right group, was lodged under Sec 295 of the Indian Penal Code in Saidabad police station in Hyderabad. The Network of Women in the Media, India,said that the cartoon posed a question and did not seek to denigrate anyone's beliefs.                  

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/04/2018
The Print reports that I and B minister Smriti Irani used a new programme series on All India Radio to launch an attack on the Opposition for the washed out session of Parliament. With the 2019 polls in view, this programme called  ‘Jan Seva Samvad’ which will be broadcast over the entire AIR network, including its FM channels, will be used to help the government propagate its achievements.                    
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/04/2018

The Supreme Court decided on April 12 to send the Wire's writ seeking quashing of the criminal defamation case initiated against it by Jay Shah, son of BJP president Amit Shah, to another bench of the Supreme Court, as the same judges were  also involved in the ongoing Aadhaar matter. The Wire was appealing the Gujarat high court’s refusal to quash the criminal proceedings. In 3 years the site has earned 11 defamation cases (5 criminal) – six from Adani, two from Jay Shah, two from Rajeev Chandrasekhar and one from SubhashChandra of ZeeTV (now withdrawn).                

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |13/04/2018
Actor Sri Reddy’s stripping protest on April 6 against the sexual exploitation of aspiring actresses in the Telugu film industry has led to  the institution of a Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) in the industry, announced on April 12. As also a sexual harassment redressal panel with participation from the stakeholders like producers, artists, directors, employees federation, lawyers, civil society, NGOs and others.          
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/04/2018

A Supreme Court ruling and the debut of a film on Netflix together signify a push back for censorship by society and the state. On April 10 the SC criticised the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee for imposing restrictions on the film "Nanak Shah Fakir" and cleared its release on April 13. Earlier in the week the film 'Unfreedom' which was denied certification by the CBFC in 2015 debuted on Netflix.         

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/04/2018

According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) news channels are free of the 'menace of paid news' . In a reply to the Lok Sabha, junior minister of MIB Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore informed that no specific instance of paid news in electronic media (private satellite TV channels) has been brought to the notice of the ministry.                

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Even as Zee News has been running programmes  questioning  the chargesheet filed in the Kathua rape case, Deepika Singh, lawyer for the Kathua victim’s family, has sent a legal notice To Zee Hindi News for a programme run by Zee Hindi News on April 17 in which Sudhir Chaudhury had alleged that Deepika Singh Rajawat had stayed at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, with the innuendo that she had supported anti-national elements. The notice said, "while my client reiterates that she has never stayed at JNU, she nevertheless firmly believes that there cannot be anything remotely wrong in staying in JNU, if ever she did. Your innuendoes and spreading of communal hatred constituted a threat to her life."    
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