PM visit spawns fake news

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/02/2018

Gulf news had a report  screaming Fake News! about a video clip aired by Times Now and Zee TV which showed a man in Arab dress saying Jai Siya Ram, and claimed that it was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.  Apparently the man was a UAE-based columnist at a Morari Bapu event in 2016. The clip was aired by the channels when the PM was visiting the UAE. The Print had a story on how the "first Hindu temple" in Abu Dhabi to be inaugurated by the PM was also fake news, put out by a BJP MP from Gujarat. The temple in question is still to be built.                     

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Hotstar has put out what it calls its India Watch Report for 2018 which says the country has seen a five times growth in video consumption over the last year, with 96 per cent of all usage being focused on long form video.  Penetration of video consumption in smaller cities with less than 10 lakh population has outstripped that in the large metros. Women in smaller cities are coming online faster than  those in the metros, it adds.                     

The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

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