Mutual distrust

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/07/2016

Even as Arnab Goswami hyperventilates about how criticism by fellow journalists of the handling of militants in Kashmir is  anti-Indian, pro-Pakistan, and  pro-terrorist,  the joint resistance camp in Kashmir led by  Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik  has issued a statement urging people in the state to be wary of news channels like Times Now, News X and Zee News which are  “bigoted by design in their reportage of Kashmir in order to mislead and poison the Indian public opinion regarding the events in Kashmir and the Kashmir issue”.             

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Journalists in Kashmir are up in arms over the summons issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Kashmir Observer journalist Aqib Javed Hakim, for his interview with jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi in January. This amounted to intimidation and harassment, a joint statement of the Kashmir Working Journalist Association (KWJA) and Kashmir Journalist Association said, adding that, in the Kamran Yousuf case, the NIA had tried to define journalism by its own skewed standards.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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