Not giving in to critics

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/01/2016

The next stage in Facebook's relentless advertising push for Free Basics is a single page ad which appears on January 7 only in the Times of India and the Hindustan Times. In it Mark Zuckerberg ups the ante, personally urging people to respond to TRAI's consultation on whether free basic internet services should be offered in India. And posing it as a way to obtain "vital services for communication, education, healthcare, employment, farming and women's rights."

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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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