Flout with impunity

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/12/2015
TRAI's efforts to regulate the number of advertisements run on news and non news channels have not been very successful. While it is mandatory for channels to submit data on the number of minutes of advertising to programming, the data submitted by channels to TRAI shows that close to 140 channels flouted the norm of a 12-minutes per hour cap during prime time, going up to 20 minutes of advertising or more.
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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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