IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/07/2018

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/07/2018

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/07/2018

 YouTube announced a working group of news organisations to carry more verified news and context  as part of the Google News Initiative. The working group includes Vox, Brazilian radio station Jovem Pan, and the India Today group (via Aaj Tak), said Medianama.                      

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/07/2018

The latest incident in the wake of the killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari is a tear gas shell attack on the home of The Kashmirwalla editor and columnist Fahad Shah on July 8, 2018. But that's not all, Shah says that Facebook removed a video story of slain militant leader Burhan Wani on the site's FB page, two days after his second death anniversary.                   

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/07/2018

Guwahatiplus.com  reports  that the Assam government has been taking good care of journalists in the state. It is implementing a journalist insurance scheme, conducts press tours for journalists to BJP ruled states, and has announced a media fellowship and a Republic Day journalism award. There is a journalist family benefit fund in the state with a corpus of Rs 3 crore, as well as a pension scheme and a medical welfare scheme for journalists.              

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/07/2018

The New Indian Express     reports that the Law Commission is  reviewing the current sedition law, and  discussing with government officials how it can be further strengthened. This includes broadening the current definition of sedition by incorporating new provisions in the existing law. The report also says that some officials present did convey that the scope of this law needs to be curtailed in view of its gross misuse.              

 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/07/2018

The Hindu Business Line reports that a cross-media advocacy and action group, called Alliance for Media Freedom, has been formed by senior journalists from across media houses to monitor the state of media freedom in Tamil Nadu. This was decided at a media consultation in Chennai on July 1. The filing of a criminal case last month against Puthiya Thalaimurai television for hosting a debate is one spur for  this initiative, the other is the TN govt using its cable distribution company (Arasu Cable) to censor television news channels.                          

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |03/07/2018

At last some journalist murders are seeing investigations yield results.  The CBI has lodged an FIR against three leaders and 300 plus supporters of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in the case of alleged murder of journalist Santanu Bhowmik last September. The CBI has named IPFT leaders Balaram Deb Barma, Amit Deb Barma and Dhirendra Deb Barma in the FIR.                                           

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/07/2018

The Wire is experimenting with fund raising via current affairs events. So  The Wire's new series of Dialogues    conducted by Karan Thapar at the India International Centre, Delhi will be ticketed at Rs 300 per person. Except that it is called a donor pass. The first conversation will be conducted with Ram Guha on July 4, the series title being "Fault Lines of The Republic".                

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/07/2018

This was no midnight knock, but media circles in the capital are abuzz over a visit by a police officer from Maharashtra to the Delhi Press Club to investigate a meeting held in the club by the Committee to Release Prof G N Saibaba last April. Police sought information on Vishwa Deepak, National Herald journalist in whose name the booking was ostensibly done. The scribe is on leave and has no knowledge of the booking, a report in the paper said.                  

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D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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