Blocking media

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/03/2018

India Today channel was reporting and running a ticker saying : "media blocked from Gorakhpur counting centre".The reporter pointed out that at 11.45 am five rounds have been counted but only one round has been declared, while other centres like Phulpur were declaring five rounds. Then it became clear that the Samajwadi party was leading there. Does blocking media change the emerging results?                                        

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