Countering TV anchors

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/10/2017

The J&K Tourism Department has decided that an ad agency it uses will produce positive programmes on Kashmir.   This is an effort to counter the harm that the state government thinks is done  by "hyper nationalistic media in India (which)  ran shows on prime time selling lies about Kashmir ".  The government apparently thinks this was responsible for the sharp fall in tourist traffic to the state in  2017.  The programmes  will be given to media reaching  audiences in different parts of the country.            

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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

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