Media moan

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/02/2018

Even as the pay scales laid down by the Majithia Wage Board  have affected the viability of several media outlets, leading to increased lay-offs and more contract employment, the National Alliance of Journalists and the Delhi Union of Journalists have demanded the constitution of another wage board in a statement today. It also appeals to members of parliament to ensure that the Working Journalists Act is made applicable to electronic media employees, and that they also are covered by the Wage Board. It expresses shock at the fact that the National Budget had nothing to offer working journalists.              

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Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured on the latter's personal website, which makes us wonder if this was another case of crawling when asked to  bend!                      

Is the ubiquitous ABP proprietor occupying the newsroom after the exit of top editors? The channel, covering the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi today had this headline: "Karnatak se 5 baar CM rahe the Karunanidhi!' (Karunanidhi was a five-time CM of Karnataka).             

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