Strange choices

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/01/2008

Two English news channels  gave awards for politician of the year, NDTV to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and CNN-IBN  to finance minister P Chidambaram. You would think that by any yardstick a Dalit politician achieving a clear majority in a UP election after so  many years would be the most outstanding political achievement of the year. But clearly these channels and their viewers have different yardsticks.

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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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