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The Tamil news channel Thanthi defied the prohibition on telecasting of court proceedings.

Lights! Action! Justice!
On matters of great public interest, the Supreme Court's proceedings should be televised. Cameras in court will allow the public to see justice being done,   says SAURAV DATTA with reference to the Thanthi case (PIX: Fali Nariman). 
Striking the wrong note...
Salacious, prurient, insensitive – that is the yellow journalism practiced by much of the media when it reports on gays.   The latest case is a good illustration, says VIKRAM JOHRI 
Media and Ebola
What is really going on behind the veiled headlines of the global coverage of Ebola? How many of the 'right questions' have the media missed,   asks ERIC CHINJE of the African Media Initiative. 
Trial by media: how journalists are used
The media must cross-check information put out by investigating agencies or else journalists could prejudice the rights of accused persons and influence trials,   says criminal lawyer REBECCA JOHN to PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA and ANKIT AGRAWAL (Pix: Rebecca John; Photo Credit: Ankit Agrawal). 
The 'witches' let down by the media
Witch hunting is a disturbing crime against women in Assam, but the media's approach has been disappointingly simplistic and crass,   says TERESA REHMAN (PIX: Women branded as witches speak at a consultation). 
Media and politics in Haryana
There are politicians who dabble in media and mainstream media owners who dabble in politics. Which category has the advantage?   SEVANTI NINAN looks for some answers (Pix: Subhash Chandra). 
Mangalyaan, the social media native
Unlike space missions of the past, ISRO concentrated on the 'social image' of Mangalyaan: the personified Twitter account and the first-person updates preceded the launch.   This has humanized the concept of interplanetary missions, says ANAGHA JAYAN E 
On culture, TV channels score zero
When it comes to literary reporting, the only notable exception to the inferior climate of reportage is also the one least expected: Doordarshan.   VIKRAM JOHRI rues the lack of genuine culture reporting on TV (PIX: Kitabnama on DD). 
The Hindi press on the decline of regional politics
How did the Hindi press evaluate Modi's grand vikaswaad rhetoric? Their analysis was often marred by clichés and lack of nuance,   says ABHISHEK CHOUDHARY 
No protection for sources
Journalists and whistleblowers are vulnerable to demands to disclose sources.   And the law is still silent, says GEETA SESHU (PIX: Ranjit Sinha) 

Other recent stories
Is the media self-censoring on PM Modi’s more bizarre pronouncements? While Headlines Today and the Guardian were quick to jump on his October 25 speech taking mythology as proof of ancient Indian science, except the Indian Express, Indian papers reported it with a straight face with surprisingly little comment till Karan Thapar’s op-ed piece in the Hindu today. (He normally writes for the Hindustan Times.) The Telegraph asked scientists what they thought and reported the dim view they took. But boy, has this story been underplayed.
​The first petition, albeit orally but on live television, that Maharashtra's new CM Devendra Fadnavis received was from journalists covering the state government: 1) Quickly enact a law to prevent attacks on media; 2) Extend health care assistance of Rs 1 lakh available to each accredited journalists and to the non-accredited as well, and 3) set up a pension scheme. Fadnavis visited the pressroom soon after his cabinet meeting as is the tradition. He also promised to resume post-cabinet briefings, to be 'more open': "No doubt you get your news even without it, but it carries the bias of the leaker". 
The Maharashtra cabinet's  swearing-in ceremony was widely telecast live, with the BJP providing the feed.  Only some channels intermittently acknowledged that-- 'Courtesy BJP'. Since the Maharashtra Government has said it would pay for the ceremony but the extravaganza would be at BJP's cost, how will the telecast costs be split?   The TV channels are the beneficiaries, they  get their TRPs for free. 
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