Pak lifts ban on IT

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/09/2016

Pakistan had blocked the India Today website earlier this week after a recent issue of the news magazine carried a picture of Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif with a photoshopped slap mark on his face. The picture, which appeared on the cover of the September 5 issue of India Today with the headline ‘India Gets Tough’, was always going to outrage Pakistanis. However, on Friday India Today Group Editor Raj Chengappa tweeted; “Reports now say ban on India Today website lifted”. It appears that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had been directed to block the India Today website in the country after a Lahore court asked a petitioner to take up the matter with the government, reports The Indian Express.

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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