Picking on the ponds

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/02/2017

After the FM said in his  Budget speech that 10 lakh farm ponds would be completed across the country  under the MGNREGA scheme by March this year,  Ravish Kumar on NDTV India took off on this in his budget analysis programme, for a good ten minutes or more.  That is huge, he said. Have you seen these, he asked one of his panelists. Why hasn’t media written about it?  Surely they should leave all their other work and write about this?  Will our viewers tell us about these?  Send us pictures? If this true, surely  huge congratulations are due to the government?  And so on.                   

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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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