Allowing sexist jibes

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/08/2017

The Hoot has received a complaint about a press conference at Haryana Bhavan on July 20 where a seasoned news agency journalist launched into an outburst against the CMD of ONGC  for an exclusive interview he had recently given to a CNBC anchor.  The reporter's tirade was allegedly peppered with unprintable references to favouring mini-skirted journalists. The incident we find did happen. If instant and vociferous censure from all those present was called for, it was not forthcoming.          

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Self censorship at NDTV is a can of worms whose lid is prised open occasionally only to be tamped down again. But the most recent disclosure by Sreenivasan Jain a couple of days ago has led to a long outpouring by Barkha Dutt on her Facebook page about the selective censorship at that channel. And then another censored former colleague Nitin Gokhale who had quit the channel in 2014 after an interview with an outgoing Navy chief was not carried, is now speaking up too.                                              

Srinivasan Jain of NDTV posted on his Facebook page that a report by him and a colleague  on loans given to Jay Shah's companies was taken down from NDTV's website because the channel's lawyer said it needed to be removed for 'legal vetting'. He adds that it has still not been restored though  the report is based entirely on facts in the public domain  and "makes no unsubstantiated or unwarranted assertions". He says he is treating this as a distressing aberration and will continue reporting for NDTV.                                     

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