Self censorship on Star Plus

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/10/2017

The Wire reports that  comedian Rangeela who recorded a mimicking of PM Modi for Star Plus's reality show  ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’  has alleged that the channel  refused to air his act. He said that he got a phone call from the production team almost a month after the episode was originally recorded  asking him to shoot a new act because the channel had decided to not air it.  Two other scripts that he had submitted were rejected because they were on Modi, he said.                                     

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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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