Putting herself in the dock

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/12/2010
A visibly disturbed Barkha Dutt  decided to let herself be questioned by four journalists on her controversial role in the Radia Tapes, on Nov. 30. While it was a brave performance she did not answer two crucial questions adequately.  One, posed repeatedly by Manu Joseph, Editor,Open -why did she fail to report that a corporate PR was lobbying for Cabinet position for A Raja both in 2009 and 2010. No answer except to say that she did not think it was a story ! And Swapan Dasgupta  asked :" People often call me up and give me messages to convey to the BJP leaders because they think I am close to the BJP..was Niira Radia asking you to carry her message to the Congress party because she assumes you are close to the Congress party?"  Barkha said "interesting question!" but failed to answer it.
 
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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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