Nationalist desk at Mirror?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 29/03/2018
Neutrality should be a report's hallmark, but headlines often betray bias. As did this one on pg 1 of Mumbai Mirror. "MLA's red flag saves state blushes on Kashmir" it said.  The text was on a BJP MLA's report to the Assembly that an "anti-national" talk on 'Military occupation of Kashmir: Sexual violence on Kashmiri women' had been scheduled in Mumbai University. Promptly, the state education minister ordered the University to cancel the talk. The report called it a "timely intervention". The organiser of the talk was quoted in the last and shortest para of the 4-para report. There are obviously some strongly nationalist censors on the Mirror desk.                
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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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