BJP’s Tripura man

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/03/2018

Anyone who is 45 minutes late for a press conference  should apologise. But BJP's man in Tripura Sunil Deodhar offered neither apology nor explanation when he turned up at 3.45 pm for a 3 pm meet at the Mumbai Press Club. Deodhar is from Mumbai, and should have known how long the commute would take. He accused the media of  making less noise about the murder of journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik than they did about the death of journalist Santanu Bhowmik. While the latter was allegedly killed by members of  the IPF of Tripura with whom the BJP had an electoral alliance in the state, the former was shot dead by a Tripura State Rifles constable. But a quick search shows that both generated equal outrage in the media.                   

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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