Crucial lobbying

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/07/2002
Crucial lobbying

Crucial lobbying


The media baron who swung the decision on foreign direct investment (FDI) in print media last week was the one who joined the battle last. Narendra  Mohan, BJP Rajya  Sabha MP and Dainik Jagran  Chairman  joined the pro FDI lobby only two years ago after  UTI  offered a relatively low price for his newspapers shares, saying that foreign institutional investors would not be able to invest in the group. Narendra lobbied relentlessly with the BJP leadership even winning over arch champion of swadeshi, Murli Manohar Joshi.




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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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