Nirvana in Kalahandi

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/03/2010

The Vedanta ads about its aluminium project in Kalahandi is making people wonder whether it is okay for newspapers to accept advertising that makes misleading claims. The full page ad which appeared on March 3 in the Hindustan Times, and in the Indian Express and elsewhere earlier, paints a rosy picture of how the project will transform Kalahandi and claims not a single tribal family will be displaced due to the mining project.  

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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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