FIPB nod

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/03/2008

In 2007,  37 media and broadcasting proposals were cleared by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, a  much higher number than in previous years.  Among the applications to have got the FIPB approval in 2007 were Malaysia-based South Asia Entertainment Holding for picking up to 20 per cent FDI in Sun TV¿s direct-to-home (DTH) venture, which attracted the highest level of foreign investment in 2007 at Rs 675 crore.

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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

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.                   

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