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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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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