Soft on Naxals?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/10/2009

What is it about a discussion on Naxalism that draws out so much aggression in our TV anchors? On the 20th evening Arundhati Roy and and Gladson Dungdung from Jharkhand were at the receiving end of Rajdeep Sardesai and Suhasini Haidar on CNN IBN attacking them for being soft on Naxal violence. When they were finally able to make themselves heard they had perfectly rational counter arguments to offer on the core issues.

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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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