A new media command room?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/05/2018

The I and B ministry under the new minister may have dropped the idea of regulating online media but will now monitor it. Bloomberg reports that the ministry has posted a tender online calling for a company to provide analytical software and professionals to "power a real time New Media Command Room." What will it do? Monitor Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Internet forums and even email in order to analyze sentiment, identify "fake news," disseminate information on behalf of the government and inject news and social media posts with a "positive slant for India." Wow.

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Former journalist and AAP politician Ashutosh's resignation from his party announced on Twitter on August 15 is followed by another tweet: "To media friends. Please respect my privacy. I won’t be giving any bite of any kind. Please cooperate." His resignation he says is "purely from a very very personal reason."                     

Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured on the latter's personal website, which makes us wonder if this was another case of crawling when asked to  bend!                      
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