Self censoring again

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/02/2016

PTI and others report that “a TV channel has been directed by a Delhi court to pay Rs 20 lakh damages to three sacked police officials, including former ACP S S Rathi, who are serving life terms in the 1997 Connaught Place shootout case, for harming their reputation by showing defamatory contents.” (ET)  Not one report mentions the name of the TV channel. Is this the usual self censorship which accompanies any reporting on wrongs done by media outlets?


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