A fall-in-line order?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/10/2016

On Oct 2 the state government banned the Kashmir newspaper Kashmir Reader by invoking section 144 CrPC read with section 3 of the Newspapers incitement of Offences Act 1971 and section 10 of the  Press and Publication Act 1989. Why the ban? Says a reporter, "The government banned it because we reported what was obvious. Our coverage was extensive. We reported from South Kashmir, the epicentre of the ongoing protests. We didn't invent stories. Today's ban order is a warning to journalists and newspapers to fall in line."            

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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

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.                   

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