Mr Nice Guy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/04/2018

The Congress is delighted with this Facebook post by a journalist who is described as a ‘RSS sympathiser’.   Shashi Tharoor tweeted it as a ‘fascinating take.’  It says  that Rahul Gandhi met for 90 minutes with a group of ‘political enthusiasts/social media influencers’, was punctual, polite, listened to all present, didn’t mind being addressed by his first name, offered tea, and came across as a nice guy with a world view. The details of his world  view  are not shared.                       

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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