Writing on the wall

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/05/2014

The Indian Express reported in a page one anchor on May 16 the details of how the I and B ministry put DD, AIR and all other media under it to work to ensure a Congress re-election. With the party headed for its lowest tally ever, we know now for sure that a government controlled broadcaster does not deliver for the party in power. Good reason for the new government to give up control and give Prasar Bharati autonomy.

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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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