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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The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

The Hindu, The Times of India and  Hindustan Times reported the most controversial parts of the Army chief's Feb 21 speech on immigration in the North East and the growth of the AIUDF as a party. It was only Indian Express that reported a longer excerpt, in which he spoke of amalgamation rather than identification as a solution in Assam, and pointed out that Muslims had come to Assam with the Ahoms in the 1200s and had equal rights over the land. "Both these people have claim to the state of Assam and therefore to the North East region," the army chief said.  Why didn't the others report this crucial admission, which is rarely heard? Because it would have gone against the sensational headlines all the papers gave to their report of the speech? The headlines either highlighted Rawat's comparison between the growth of Badruddin Ajmal's  AIUDF's and the BJP, or his accusation that Pakistan and China were driving the illegal immigration into the North East.                     

            

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