Zee, HT, Sun, Network 18 linked to offshore havens

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/11/2017

The second day's Paradise Papers revelations in the Indian Express link four major media companies with offshore havens. Transactions made by the Zee Group  Hindustan Times Group  the Sun Group, and Network 18 have been detailed, and a radio company owned for a short period by NDTV news, has been linked with Astro, the Malaysian company whose dealings with Sun TV came under the CBI scanner. NDTV News however exited the radio business much before the CBI enquiry commenced.          

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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.                   

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since 2016! Last week, in Kishtwar, 21 groups have been issued notices for failing to do so.                          

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