Well taken care of

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/07/2018

Guwahatiplus.com  reports  that the Assam government has been taking good care of journalists in the state. It is implementing a journalist insurance scheme, conducts press tours for journalists to BJP ruled states, and has announced a media fellowship and a Republic Day journalism award. There is a journalist family benefit fund in the state with a corpus of Rs 3 crore, as well as a pension scheme and a medical welfare scheme for journalists.              

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Don't ask us what MeitY's committee on national investment in critical national infrastructure and digital broadcasting has to do with the regulation of online media content. But reports have it that the controversial  content regulation committee set up under the former Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, has now quietly shifted to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). This is clearly one hot potato no one wants!                           


The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

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