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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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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