Murder of RTI activist not news

IN Media Watch Briefs | 11/04/2017

The killing of an RTI activist in Pune late on Sunday night by hitting him with concrete blocks was not news on Tuesday in any paper except the Indian Express. And the Express too did not think it was front page news. The paper had prominent coverage of the story only on page 9, perhaps because ads took up 50 per cent of page 1 on April 11.                        

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