BY ANUP KUMAR| IN BOOKS |17/02/2018
A new collection of essays provide a magisterial overview of the empirical and critical scholarship on the subject.
BY CHITRA NARAYANAN| IN BOOKS |12/02/2018
The platform created celebrities out of virtual nobodies, millionaires out of paupers, and showed that it could shape political propaganda and give rise to movements.
IN SPECIAL REPORTS |20/01/2018
The Hoot’s annual report attempts a state-wise overview of the climate for media freedom and free speech.
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |06/12/2017
As statistics grow more important in public debates, here is an analysis of how the media covered – or muddled - the latest crime figures
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |19/11/2017
Holes, slanted and selective fact-picking, and weak analysis contributed to projecting an overly positive image for the PM and BJP
BY VIKAS KUMAR| IN MEDIA MONITORING |12/11/2017
Two aspects of partisan commentary stood out: adjectives coupled with decontextualised statistics create an illusion of success, and favourable “facts” are mentioned in numbers, whereas inconvenient ones are stated in words.
People across countries say they avoid news because it depresses them, and they cannot rely upon it to be true.
BY Kishalay Bhattacharjee| IN BOOKS |28/10/2017
“I have spent most of my working life so far studying the lives of people in what we casually refer to as ‘conflict zones’… as a journalist and chronicler, I approached them through a completely different route,”
BY RICHARD FLETCHER| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |27/10/2017
There is large variation across nations in the degree to which the audiences for the most popular news brands are polarised along the left–right spectrum,
BY ABHINAV CHANDRACHUD| IN BOOKS |18/10/2017
The enactment of Article 19 of the Constitution made merely a rhetorical change, not a substantive one, to the right to free speech in India,
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The National Herald has announced  that Neelabh Mishra, Editor-in-Chief of National Herald and Navjeevan, died on February 24 after a long illness, in Chennai. He was formerly editor of the Hindi Outlook until 2015, and became editor of NH in 2016. He began his career from the Navbharat Times in Patna, and launched Eenadu TV in Rajasthan in 1998. Tributes to him on Twitter describe him as  deeply committed to egalitarian and secular values.                                             

The Hindu, The Times of India and  Hindustan Times reported the most controversial parts of the Army chief's Feb 21 speech on immigration in the North East and the growth of the AIUDF as a party. It was only Indian Express that reported a longer excerpt, in which he spoke of amalgamation rather than identification as a solution in Assam, and pointed out that Muslims had come to Assam with the Ahoms in the 1200s and had equal rights over the land. "Both these people have claim to the state of Assam and therefore to the North East region," the army chief said.  Why didn't the others report this crucial admission, which is rarely heard? Because it would have gone against the sensational headlines all the papers gave to their report of the speech? The headlines either highlighted Rawat's comparison between the growth of Badruddin Ajmal's  AIUDF's and the BJP, or his accusation that Pakistan and China were driving the illegal immigration into the North East.                     

            

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