Amending RTI

IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/09/2013

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat has advertised in newspapers inviting comments on the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and also nullify the June 2013 decision of the CIC which declared six national political parties as public authorities. But it invites comments only in Hindi or English. Should the language of submission be restricted when almost  half  the citizenry speaks neither Hindi nor English?

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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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