Advertising or what?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/05/2002
Advertising or what

Advertising or what?


After India Today’s Impact features you have Outlook’s Spotlight. Neither make it clear that the copy on these pages is essentially advertorial. Spotlight features eight pages of copy on industry leaders, calling it the Gilt-Edged Club. The advertisements on the opposite pages. are from the same companies. And the copy is laudatory. But the font and page display is the same as in the news. It would be nice if an ad supplement was clearly labeled as such.


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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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