Paying to listen

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/07/2018

The Wire is experimenting with fund raising via current affairs events. So  The Wire's new series of Dialogues    conducted by Karan Thapar at the India International Centre, Delhi will be ticketed at Rs 300 per person. Except that it is called a donor pass. The first conversation will be conducted with Ram Guha on July 4, the series title being "Fault Lines of The Republic".                

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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