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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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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