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IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/11/2017

After The Hoot wrote this brief  on how the Indigo fracas was covered it seems we goofed in praising TOI, which in turn had goofed in labelling  the employee who shot the video as a whistleblower who was sacked. The airline says that far from being a whistleblower the man was the real culprit in the incident, telling two other employees to stop the passenger from boarding the bus. What isn't clear at all though is how he shot a video while being at the centre of the action himself. And a video which implicates him!                             

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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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