Television diplomacy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/01/2016

 India and Pakistan may have deferred official talks  following the Pathankot attacks but an Indian channel - India Today - began track II diplomacy of sorts by telecasting a joint broadcast with Pakistan's premier media house, Dawn News. Anchoring the programme at the India Today end, Rajdeep Sardesai declared that  such a TV initiative could only be good for both the countries in the absence of talks.

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Moneycontrol.com  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase in consolidated net profit  over the previous quarter, according to TOI.                     

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.                           

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