Don't mess with Shah

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/07/2017

Mr Amit Shah's influence  over the Times Group, displayed earlier this year, was again in evidence last week after the BJP president filed his papers for the Rajya Sabha nomination. Stories in the Ahmedabad edition of TOI on his assets, as well as on Smriti Irani were taken down. DNA also took down a story on Amit Shah's assets. This Wire story has the details.                                

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Srinivasan Jain of NDTV posted on his Facebook page that a report by him and a colleague  on loans given to Jay Shah's companies was taken down from NDTV's website because the channel's lawyer said it needed to be removed for 'legal vetting'. He adds that it has still not been restored though  the report is based entirely on facts in the public domain  and "makes no unsubstantiated or unwarranted assertions". He says he is treating this as a distressing aberration and will continue reporting for NDTV.                                     

Aroon Purie, chairman of the India Today Group, announced today that he was handing over charge to his daughter Kalli Purie, who will now become Vice Chairman. All those who report to him will now report to her his letter said, but the Group Editorial Director, publishing, and the CFO would "have a dotted line" reporting to him.                                            
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