Self censorship at ABP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/08/2018
The resignation of the ABP anchor  Punya Prasun Bajpai according to a piece by him in The Wire followed explicit instructions from the proprietor (presumably Arup Sarkar though Bajpai does not name him) to not mention PM Modi in his show 'Masterstroke' or to even carry any pictures of him.  Bajpai refers to one edition of the show which reported on famers being forced to part with their land for an Adani power project.                     
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