Tranparency, anyone?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/02/2008

 Mint, the financial daily, has set itself  up as a model of transparency. On its first anniversary it told us how it had done so far in terms of circulation, advertising, and the accuracy of its reporting. It present detailed pie charts of mistakes made by the paper, and by whom. That surely is a first. It stopped short of declaring losses incurred in its first year. In contrast, its older rival the Economic Times has no hang ups about transparency. On Feb 2 it carried a full page feature on the Oneness Movement but forgot to mention that proprietor Indu Jain runs a Oneness Centre. Ah well, it takes both kinds to keep the Hoot in business!

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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.                           

D Sunitha, an ASP in the Telangana Police, filed complaints with the NBSA against character assassination by some Telugu TV channels. NBSA has announced an agreement  arrived at with HMTV whereby the channel will broadcast an agreed upon apology statement three times a day on three days starting today.The complaint was against ETV, Sakshi and HMTV, the NBSA has reserved its order in other two cases. TV9 was as much of an offender, but it is not a member if the NBSA.                   

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