Noisy but wrong

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/06/2015

In an example of Times Now’s noisy bluster they had a report on June 29 about how the Ministry of External Affairs “stonewalled” their RTI query on the ‘Lalitgate scandal’. An unidentified person on the show pointed out that the questions being asked should have been asked of Sushma Swaraj rather than the ministry. They were not queries seeking information. He was Shailesh Gandhi, a former information commissioner. The politicians on the show, notably Brinda Karat of the CPM, however were happy to give the channel the kind of bites it was looking for. 

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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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