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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In observance of National Press Day today Rajasthan Patrika carried  a blank editorial saying that it was a day meant to celebrate independent  and responsible journalism. But in Rajasthan this was endangered by the black law the state government was seeking to introduce. It said it opposed a law which amounted to the murder of democracy.                                        

 Zee News has rolled up its sleeves  to do battle on behalf of the BJP as the Gujarat elections approach.  On Nov 14 they played the Hardik Patel CD at prime time,  and when it showed precious little that was incriminating the voice over said the channel was not playing some parts of the tape because it was not fit to telecast.  On Nov 15 Sudhir Chaudhary was doing one of his endless piece-to-cameras on the history of the Ayodhya dispute.                                  

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