Off the mark

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/07/2013

With Rs 27 and Rs 33 as the poverty line for rural and urban areas being debated once again, and a Congress spokesperson putting the price of a meal at Rs 5 in Delhi and Rs 12 in Mumbai, the media did an odd thing. Reporters rushed to restaurants and roadside food hawkers to test if this figure was true. But the poor don't survive on hotel and street food do they?

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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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