Damp squib

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/11/2017

On Tuesday night (Nov 14) ABP News went from communal sensation-mongering to rendering its own expose a damp squib in the space of a single news story at prime time. Its reporter set out to find out why some homes  in Ahmedabad's housing societies woke up in the morning to find a red cross marked on their front doors. Whats more it was only on the doors of Muslim residents. Who,what, why? Those questions never really got answered.  In going from colony to colony the reporter ended up finding that  the mark was not only on the doors of Muslim homes, and that the corporation and some kind of a GPS-based garbage collection drive was behind it.                                          

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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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