Jay Shah: highly selective coverage

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/10/2017

Coverage of the Jay Amit Shah story on The Wire by other media is becoming quite hilarious. Two days after it broke you will find no  shows on it on Republic TV, Times Now, Doordarshan, and CNN News 18. Mirror Now had a story which detailed the Congress allegations. ABP News has done a programme. But NDTV has done at least four shows on the Wire investigation so far, three by Ravish Kumar, one by Srinivasan Jain and others. Whats not news for some, is big news for others. Both in print and on TV, several media houses chose to lead the first day with Piyush Goyal's denial, not the facts of the story. The Indian Express has been doing straight coverage on two days, but the Hindu put it on page 10 the first day. Read this Newslaundry story for a detailed breakdown of how it was covered in newspapers.                       

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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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