Another media gag in the offing?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/03/2018

Retired Odisha High Court judge I.M. Qudussi, currently in the dock for the medical college bribery scam, has sought a ban on media coverage of the CBI case, specifically targeting The Wire, TOIIndiaNews and ABP TV. The case will come up on Mar 11, says Wire editor Siddharth Varadarajan ,  cautioning that the judge is seeking a blanket media gag.         

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UNI reports that Assam finance and health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has filed a defamation lawsuit against ABPNews, seeking Rs 100 crore in damages. The channel had reported that income tax raids on a Delhi 'middleman' called Anuj Poddar had found a  link between him and the minister. Sarma tweeted that he was outraged that he was being linked to a man he had never known or met in his life.                   

Indian Express reports that YouTube has blocked the Press Information Bureau's channel on that platform since June 16, and viewers are able to access any of its videos posted there since the channel became operational in 2011. YouTube says it is because it is updating its partner agreements, the story says.                   

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