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IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/12/2017
Young inheritors are running empires in several Indian media groups, but contributing to the journalistic side is  less common. Times of India proprietor Samir Jain's daughter Trishla Jain does write a regular lifestyle blog for the paper called 'Begin Within'.  But a four-column piece published on Dec 3 in the Sunday Times   stood out for talking about "being present" or "writing a blank cheque in honour of the present moment" and suchlike across four columns on top of the Nation page, surrounded by rather harder news.                            
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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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