NIA unearths?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 31/07/2017

TOI had a prominent  story on page 8 in its Delhi edition (july 31) saying the NIA has "unearthed" the Hurriyat's protest calendar. Kashmir journos are amused. They say the agency  could have just read local newspapers instead last year:Resistance issues new protest calendar; calls for Eidgah march on Fridaypublished on August 24 last year, or this one: Hurriyat Issues New Protest Calendar  published on July 30 last year.                                                               

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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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