Fit credentials for the PCI

IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/06/2015

 The News Minute reports that one of the new appointees to the Press Council, Karnataka BJP MP Pratap Simha, has interesting credentials. On May 7 this year a journalist had lodged a police complaint against him for threatening to "finish him off" after he did a story on Simha's Facebook post empathising with Salman Khan. The journalist is with the News Karnataka website. But Simha has other credentials which no doubt counted with those who appoint Press Council members--as a journalist with Vijaya Karnataka he wrote a column "which espoused Hindutva and was fiercely critical of anyone who opposed it". 

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Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase in consolidated net profit  over the previous quarter, according to TOI.                     

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