Bihar's media black sheep

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/08/2018

Brajesh Thakur, the kingpin of the horrific Muzaffarnagar child shelter rapes, is a former journalist and member of the state accreditation committee, reports said. Media organisations need to ask themselves how he got there and what kind of power he wielded. Thakur, who was arrested on Saturday, ran a local daily, Pratah Kamal,  and was a member of several state-level media committees, including the press accreditation, Press Information Bureau and the Bihar assembly press committee.                                

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