MIB drops films, jury head resigns

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/11/2017

NDTV reports that Director Sujoy Ghosh, head of the  jury for the Indian Panorama section at the 48th International Film Festival of India, has resigned. Last week the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reportedly removed two films from a list picked by the jury to be screened at the festival.  Missing from the list of films were Malayalam movie S Durga and the Marathi film Nude. Meanwhile  The Hindu tweeted that  film maker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who has made S Durga, plans to file a writ petition in the Kerala High Court to protest  the non-inclusion.

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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website Scroll.in,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

Times Now's daily harangue against the Congress Party got fresh grist with Karnataka's Congress government declaring Lingayats as a separate religion. Anchor Rahul Shivshankar took personal credit for his channel not having been taken in by Rahul Gandhi's speech at the Congress plenary on Saturday claiming that the Congress would unify the country. A poll was duly presented:What do you think about the Congress? Unites India: 25 percent.  Divides India: 75 percent. Now there's a channel the BJP can always count on.                     

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