Now Goa journos protest guidelines

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/04/2018
Its the season of curbs on accredited journalists! Scribes in Goa are battling other guidelines restricting their coverage of Assembly sessions. A statement from the Goa Union of Journalists says the new set of “Guidelines for accreditation of media organization and their representatives” will block access for a majority of media houses and their representatives. The condition of 15,000 copies per day for an eligible newspaper will exclude all but except three or four, including 'Bhangaarbhuin', the only paper run in the state's official language. Besides, if any news portal/ website is found involved in cybercrime, all accreditations shall be withdrawn.          
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Indian Express reports that YouTube has blocked the Press Information Bureau's channel on that platform since June 16, and viewers are able to access any of its videos posted there since the channel became operational in 2011. YouTube says it is because it is updating its partner agreements, the story says.                   

An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

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