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IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/11/2009

The Hindustan Times will contribute ten per cent of their 3 days advertising revenue to the Mumbai Police Welfare  Fund  "to prevent any future 9/11s."  It urges advertisers to advertise in the 26th, 27th and 28th November issues of the  Mumbai HT to support this cause.  With only  ten percent being generously donated one is tempted to be churlish and ask who would benefit more from the increased advertising: the  police fund or the newspaper? 


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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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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