Counting day winner

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/05/2018

NDTV was trailing early on in getting the accurate trend in Karnataka, compared to  CNN News18 which lead  all the channels in coming closest to the eventual result. It announced early on that it had is own reporters in every counting centre in Karnataka, and was showing the yawning gap between Congress and BJP long before the others did. And at the hour of 11 am which all the parties and channels had said would show the definitive picture, the fastest results were not from TV but from ECI via Nielsen on the web, which was showing 120 seats going to the BJP.              

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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.                     

Fake news propagators are active in Karnataka following the  hung assembly results. Boomlive reports that posts like this one on Twitter are fake news, using a video dating back to attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008,  to claim that BJP cadres in Mangalore had just attacked a church to "to install bhagwa and bjp flags and celebrate victory of a BJP majority".  It was posted by a Mohammed Mohsin who Boomlive claims appears to be a Congress supporter.               

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