Thuggery in Bihar

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/11/2007

JD-U legislator Anant Singh, a known muscleman in Bihar and four of his  henchmen were arrested on November 1 for attacking media people. Singh¿s men beat the journalists, hurled stones at them and fired warning shots in the air to dispel those  who had gathered outside his house to protest against the beating of NDTV senior journalist Prakash Singh and his cameraman Habib Ali earlier in the day.

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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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