IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/06/2018

An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |17/06/2018

The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/06/2018

PTI reports that the West Bengal govt plans to come up with a law to tackle fake news and social media posts which cause unrest. The report quotes a Home Dept official saying that the state govt has kept data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years, and has records of past offenders to consider while framing the new law.  recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern, the report says.                    

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/06/2018

Rising Kashmir proprietor and chief editor Shujaat Bukhari who was shot on Thursday night as he emerged from his office in Srinagar’s press colony and died shortly after, had two security guards flanking him who are critically injured. He has had police protection since an attack on him in 2000. In June 2006 while still a special correspondent of The Hindu, he was abducted at gunpoint in Srinagar but escaped although the kidnappers fired at him from close range. In this article for the Hoot in 2012 he had written about the vulnerability of journalists in Kashmir. In 2015 he gave this interview about the Kashmir Initiative Group he was part of and the intra-Kashmir dialogue he had helped initiate. More recently he brought a criminal defamation case against activist Madhu Kishwar for allegations she had made about him.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/06/2018
The Hindu Group has announced a Special Retirement Scheme which is open for 20 days in June, and is encouraging employees who are unable to contribute or who are in redundant roles to take advantage of it and seek early retirement. The announcement signed by N Ram, chairman of The Hindu Group Publishing Private Ltd says the paper is facing financial pressures which have compounded over the past two years. In addition to the scheme details announced normal retirement benefits will also be given.
IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/06/2018

Does the BJP really have so much to fear from Barkha Dutt's journalism that they would convene a 45 minute meeting on how to stop her and malign her?  If her tweets in this story are to be believed it means the government and ruling party do not have the stomach for  independent television channels. Meanwhile there has been very little forthcoming on who is willing to finance her project or how close it is to being realised.                 

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/06/2018

A small classified ad by NTPC  in HT classifieds announces that from now on tender requirements will be published on its websites, and not announced through newspaper ads. In March this year the finance ministry did away with the requirement for compulsory newspaper ads for some govt procurement and PSU tenders. The govt describes it as a major step towards Digital India. Newspapers see it as one more way to squeeze them and deprive them of valuable ad revenue, particularly financial papers.                   

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/06/2018

TV anchors conduct communally provocative debates, and our self-regulating TV industry does nothing about it. On June 1  this News 24 news show conducted a debate titled 'Has the Muslim vote bank reappeared in India's politics?' When one of the  panelists gave a measured reply the anchor would say 'you are mincing words!' But BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra obliged when his turn came to be asked how come a Muslim candidate won in Kairana where only 32 per cent of the voters are Muslims. He said the rest of the country was watching this, that the Muslims had united but the Hindus had not.                                                       

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/06/2018

The Tribune reports that the Delhi Minorities Commission has served a notice to Sudarshan TV for a report it aired allegedly referring to some local people of the Bawana area of North Delhi, as “Rohingyas” and “Bangladeshis”. The channel has been asked to reply by June 12 with proof to support the allegation that Bawana residents were “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas”, failing which it is supposed to air an unconditional apology, and also submit it in writing.

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |01/06/2018

This Mint exclusive on June 1 about Chanda Kochar being asked to go on indefinite leave until the probe on her announced by the bank is over, has been denied by the ICICI board. The Mint report said the decision was taken on advice of a majority of the 7 independent directors on ICICI Bank board. The scoop was based on a single source, going by the paper's report on Friday morning.                     

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An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

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