NDTV gets anti-GM rap

IN Media Watch Briefs | 28/05/2013

NDTV has landed in a PR crisis with launch of  'Improving Lives', a new series on its three  channels,  on development opportunities in India in partnership with Mahyco Monsanto Biotech India. The company is infamous for pushing its genetically modified seed varieties. NDTV's decision to associate with the company comes at a time when a worldwide 'March Against Monsanto' was organised against  its practices. The partnership has invited sharp criticism from public on the  Facebook page of 'Improving Lives'.

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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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