Taming Zee News

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/02/2018
The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected the appeal by Zee News on its order of September 2017 to pay Rs one 1 lakh as a fine for its report ‘Afzal Premi Gang ka Mushaira’ broadcast on March 9, 2015, targeting poet and activist Gauhar Raza and to tender an apology.  The NBSA was acting on a complaint filed by litteratuer Ashok Vajpayi, singer Shubha Mudgal, actor Sharmila Tagore and writer Syeda Hamid.  Zee News  has been asked to display the apology on 16.2.2018 at 9 pm and deposit Rs one lakh within seven days.                      
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Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured on the latter's personal website, which makes us wonder if this was another case of crawling when asked to  bend!                      

Is the ubiquitous ABP proprietor occupying the newsroom after the exit of top editors? The channel, covering the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi today had this headline: "Karnatak se 5 baar CM rahe the Karunanidhi!' (Karunanidhi was a five-time CM of Karnataka).             

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