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IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/05/2010

Each new atrocity in the Naxal belt comes as a godsend for Times Now. It guarantees an hour or more of low cost programming at prime time as Arnab Goswami lines up a panel which includes those he calls Naxal sympathisers and proceeds to assault them with his sanctimonious harangue. He did the same on May 17     after the news of the attack on the bus came in. But in a later segment he met his match in Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool who gave Goswami as good as he got.

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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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