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IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/01/2017

This Frontline story just published, on the PMO’s monitoring of the turf battles between former Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, is based on multiple RTI applications.  It documents the pro-active role of Hindustan Times executive editor Shishir Gupta in drawing attention of the PMO  to Kejriwal’s violations, via an email whose subject line is ‘Kejriwal against Centre.’  The story also has Gupta’s response.             

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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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