Sanitary freebie

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/06/2012

The Hindu on June 8 says  an RTI has revealed that the Delhi press club built toilets with a Rs 1.5 lakh grant from the Maharshtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund in 1998. Asked about it the president of the club told the paper that the amount is modest compared to what  other state governments give them as contributions. The Kerala Government recently gave them Rs 25 lakh, formally approved by the state assembly. The club got its land in the heart of the city from the government, and the Indian Women's Press Corps occupies a government bungalow in a prime location in the capital city. As does the Foreign Correspondents' Club. What's the quid pro quo governments look for when they  pamper journalists with state funds?

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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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