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R K Laxman, who captured the Republic's foibles as no-one else could, passed on at age 94, on Republic Day.

Cleaning the BCCI stable
Some editorials on the Supreme Court judgement on the BCCI got to the nub of the issue while others, unaccountably, ignored it.   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA offers his two pennies' worth... 
Topless shots go down... then up again
Reports of the death of The Sun's Page 3 topless shots have proved unfounded.   But for AMRIT DHILLON, they brought back memories of a vile, degrading feature that used to make her go crimson with shame. (Photo: Rupert Murdoch; credit: www.abc.net.au) 
Online Censorship laws needs reform
The law allows authorities to block large amounts of content in secrecy, without adequate demonstration of necessity, and in a disproportionate manner.   The rules for blocking provide little by way of rights safeguards, says JAYSHREE BAJORIA 
Dual role of Sumi newspapers
A Naga newspaper doesn't merely inform readers, it also helps preserve the tribe's culture and identity.   VIKAS KUMAR says the size of a tribe determines if its language can reap the economies of scale in the media industry (Photo: Sümi Zümülhü as on 6 June, 2014). 
The muddle of contempt laws
Dhaka-based journalist David Bergman has been convicted of contempt over his blog on the Bangladesh War of Liberation.   RAKESH SHUKLA argues for the law to be revised (Photo credit: bdnews24.com). 
Doval threatens OSA axe
Reporting on national security is as hard as ever, despite the RTI Act.   PRASHANT REDDY T. explains how the Official Secrets Act effectively silences journalists (Photo credit: India Today website). 
What about free speech in Telangana?
With free expression in the news the continuing blackout of two TV channels in Telangana bears remembering.   Never in the undivided Andhra Pradesh had the media become so meek, says SURESH KUMAR ALAPATI. 
Media ban in Bangladesh
The High Court bans media coverage of opposition leader Tarique Rahman.   It's another sign of intense polarization, says SUBIR BHAUMIK (Photo: Tarique Rahman; Courtesy: bengalinews24.com). 
"Nobody wants to die for a cartoon"
“For those in France, free speech is an absolute. France makes a fetish of it. but that does not necessarily have to be the model for the rest of the world.”   Indian cartoonists on free expression and its limits (Clockwise from top-left: HEMANT MORPARIA, UTTAM GHOSH, SHARAD SHARMA and ASEEM TRIVEDI). 
Court reporting: a difficult art
Sloppiness by journalists and misuse of contempt powers by judges results in poor reporting.   PRASHANT THIKKAVARAPU explains what's wrong. 

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In Zee TV PM  Modi has a fan club whose gush would make him blush if he had time to watch it. On Jan 26, the two Zee news channels outdid themselves. On Zee Business a commentator gloated over the rich irony  of a country which had denied Narendra Modi a visa now sending its president on a visit as his guest. On Zee News school children were interviewed and one said, "Modiji was looking as if he was  as powerful as Obama." Then an  anchor had a long discussion on the fabric of the coat he wore, with close ups of it shown later in the evening.  There was some indulgent discussion on his rang de basanti style turban, and fond talk of his burgeoning self confidence. The channel  managed to sound like a proud parent.

Pankaj Srivastava who recently publicised his own sacking from IBN7 on Facebook, is the latest in a recent stream of senior exits from IBN7 and CNN-IBN. He was first sidelined despite his seniority and considerable news experience into vetting the thousands of daily stories which come in from the ETV Hindi channels. Then he was asked to resign, which he declined to do. Then he provoked them by sending the sms on the channel's Kejriwal coverage. No show cause notice was given to him, due process was not followed. He is going to court on this issue.

On  Jan. 20, Satish Sharma, the editor of the English daily Garhwal Post sat on a hunger strike outside the chief secretary’s office in Dehradun to protest non-payment for government ads. The payments for ads carried in over 200 newspapers is pending, Mr. Sharma told The Hoot, because the Uttarakhand government is short of money.
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