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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An impressive  battery of lawyers lined up by Rupert Murdoch’s Star India have succeeded in securing for the broadcaster an SC ruling which ensures that Prasar Bharati will no longer be able to air the mandatory sharing of sports feed on cable TV networks and pay DTH platforms.  Star India has estimated a subscription loss of Rs 970 crore and a loss of advertising revenue to the extent of Rs 245 crore since 2007 because of DD’s practice. The court has limited DD’s telecast of matches to its terrestrial network  and its Freedish. (Daily Post)                                                            

Sometimes the police balk at registering a case against a politician. Sometimes they register it and tell journalists at the same time that the allegations are baseless. Which makes you wonder with how much conviction the case will be investigated. HT reports that the Karnal police booked BJP MLA Bakshish Singh Virk and some 200 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a journalist in Assandh.  The DSP told a reporter that an FIR had been registered but the case seemed politically motivated and without basis.                               

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