The Barkha threat

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/06/2018

Does the BJP really have so much to fear from Barkha Dutt's journalism that they would convene a 45 minute meeting on how to stop her and malign her?  If her tweets in this story are to be believed it means the government and ruling party do not have the stomach for  independent television channels. Meanwhile there has been very little forthcoming on who is willing to finance her project or how close it is to being realised.                 

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Former journalist and AAP politician Ashutosh's resignation from his party announced on Twitter on August 15 is followed by another tweet: "To media friends. Please respect my privacy. I won’t be giving any bite of any kind. Please cooperate." His resignation he says is "purely from a very very personal reason."                     

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!                      
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