Perils of journalism

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/01/2018
Republic TV reporter Shravan Sen was covering a clash in Kurla Chembur junction when suddenly protesters snatched his camera and phone and insisted he shut his camera and stop videographing the violence immediately. The screen blacked out and only the audio could be heard. He was covering the violence that broke out in Mumbai this afternoon, sparked by reports of the death of a youth in violence in Pune yesterday in the wake of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle. While the affilation of the protestors was not immediately discernible, other visuals showed bands of saffron-clad youth waving flags and using flag-posts as sticks to beat people and smash vehicles.                                     
 
 
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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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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