EPW saga still unfolding

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/07/2017

The  media drama that broke in July regarding a legal notice from Adani Power to the Economic and Political Weekly over an article published by them, with the trustees of the journal asking for two articles  to be taken down  and the editor's subsequent resignation, is a three-cornered one. It has received much coverage, and led to civil society approbation of the trustees' conduct. But this detailed piece by The Quint's legal correspondent sheds some new light on the nitty gritty of the allegations made by the story, seeking to explain why Adani Power may have alleged defamation. Another development  is a letter sent by  EPW staff members to the trustees, leading to the expectation that the more revelations/explanations  may come this week, from the trustees, for one.                                      

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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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