Still in jail

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/05/2018
Does the media need to revive its  interest in the Gorakhpur BRD medical College story so that more of the arrested doctors can get bail? Or does social media need to champion their cause too? While a media campaign for Dr Kafeel Khan resulted in bail for him on April 25, three doctors, a pharmacist  and three clerks are still in jail. One of the doctors, Rajiv Mishra,  has now been hospitalised for cirrhosis of the liver, he was arrested on the same charges as Dr Kafeel Khan, but his bail application was rejected earlier this month. The corruption charge against him has not been dropped, though that against Dr Khan was dropped. Mishra's  doctor wife who suffered an injury in jail, was denied bail again on May 7. The HOD, of the Pediatric Anaesthesia dept also remains in jail.                 
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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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