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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According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

Fake news propagators are active in Karnataka following the  hung assembly results. Boomlive reports that posts like this one on Twitter are fake news, using a video dating back to attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008,  to claim that BJP cadres in Mangalore had just attacked a church to "to install bhagwa and bjp flags and celebrate victory of a BJP majority".  It was posted by a Mohammed Mohsin who Boomlive claims appears to be a Congress supporter.               

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