Now, 'voluntary' takedowns?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/06/2018
 Giving a new spin to self-censorship, several   prominent news outlets  took down their published articles on the post-demonetization bank deposits in an Ahmedabased-based bank in which BJP President Amit Shah is director. The IANS news agency, which broke the story, however says that it is based on information obtained through RTI and they will not be retracting the story.                       
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Don't ask us what MeitY's committee on national investment in critical national infrastructure and digital broadcasting has to do with the regulation of online media content. But reports have it that the controversial  content regulation committee set up under the former Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, has now quietly shifted to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). This is clearly one hot potato no one wants!                           


The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

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