Tribune fights back

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/11/2017
In a heartening development the Tribune Trust which governs the Chandigarh Tribune, is reported  to have removed the Trust President Justice SS Sodhi and replaced him with J&K governor NN Vohra. What triggered this is the belief that the paper published an abject front page apology  to a controversial politician because of pressure from its chairman. The apology had said that the paper had verified allegations made earlier against Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia and found them false. The editor Harish Khare has apparently asked his colleagues for suggestions on how to undo the damage.                                    
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