Removing mikes in haste?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/03/2018

Cobrapost's Operation 136 has its reporter Pushp Sharma entrapping, as it were, a bunch of media houses with a paid news proposal from a fictitious Hindutva outfit. The list cover's Rajat Sharma's India TV, Amar Ujala Univarta, Punjab Kesari,  DNA, Dainik Jagran and several other including ScoopWhoop. The number 136 refers to India's place in the press freedom index. National Herald reports gleefully that the press conference saw some media houses hastily removing their mikes and leaving the venue, Republic TV and Rajya Sabha TV among them.                  

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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