TOI defrauded of Rs 15 Crore

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/05/2018
The Bennet Coleman and Co Ltd, which publishes the Times of India and other publications ,was defrauded of Rs 15 crore from 2013-17 and an FIR has been lodged in Mumbai's Azad Maidan police station. According to a news report, an editorial coordinator created fake bank accounts and vouchers in the name of freelancers and columnists. A senior journalist of an afternoon newspaper was arrested in this connection but the main accused is absconding.                            
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According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

Fake news propagators are active in Karnataka following the  hung assembly results. Boomlive reports that posts like this one on Twitter are fake news, using a video dating back to attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008,  to claim that BJP cadres in Mangalore had just attacked a church to "to install bhagwa and bjp flags and celebrate victory of a BJP majority".  It was posted by a Mohammed Mohsin who Boomlive claims appears to be a Congress supporter.               

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