Cartoonist gets death threats

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/04/2018

Cartoonist Swathi Vadlamudi received deaths threats on Facebook after her cartoon, posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts, depicting Ram and Sita in the wake of violence against women, went viral.  A complaint by the Hindu Sanghatan, an ultra-Hindu right group, was lodged under Sec 295 of the Indian Penal Code in Saidabad police station in Hyderabad. The Network of Women in the Media, India,said that the cartoon posed a question and did not seek to denigrate anyone's beliefs.                  

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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.                   

An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

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