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The Supreme Court's judgement has reiterated that public interest continues to be the lone factor that justifies a sting operation.

A sting without public interest is a crime
In a recent judgement the Supreme Court shed light on this grey area.   MADABHUSHI SRIDHAR says journalists need to be aware of the risks. PIX: Dalip Singh Judeo (R) and Amit Jogi 
Enough bad faith and weasel words
It's time for a fresh look at the pressing need for a regulator for the broadcast media. The government's fence-sitting and the media's delaying tactics have to stop,   says EDARA GOPI CHAND 
Shiv Sena MPs and the roti fiasco
Was the communal aspect a belated discovery of the national media? Was there a broader context to the incident which explains the very different reporting by the Marathi press,   asks NIVEDITA KHANDEKAR. PIX: Coverage by the Indian Express 
How digitisation impacts farm telecasts
Kisan shows are put out on terrestrial transmitters when many villages have switched to cable or DTH.   The technological mismatch needs to be tackled says SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Bhimavaram relay centre, AP 
Tackling private censorship in media
But is editorial discretion passing into the hands of the proprietor? Corporate owner or family owner, censorship is increasingly becoming the owner's prerogative,   says SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Rana Ayyub's article that was taken off by DNA 
The bylines that refuse to go gently...
Some long time columnists have become predictable and stale after years of opinionating.   AMRIT DHILLON thinks it's time for them to make way for new talent. PIX: (Clockwise) Shoba Narayan, Chetan Bhagat, Aakar Patel and Pratap Bhanu Mehta 
Is farm broadcasting going waste?
When current farm telecasts miss their targets on account of power cuts and wrong scheduling, is a Rs 100 crore farm channel going to help,   asks SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Farmers in Kalahandi, Odisha, talk about their farm broadcasting needs. 
Private censorship and the right to hear
Very little recourse is available against publishers or intermediaries if these private parties censor an author's content unreasonably,   says CHINMAYI ARUN 
No surprises in budget editorials
With the odd exception, the commentaries on the budget in the Hindi daily newspapers conformed to their known partisan positions,   says ANAND VARDHAN. PIX: The 'Dainik Jagran' edit 
Softly, softly on Jaitley's Budget
The morning after what many people thought was an uninspiring Budget,   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA woke up to find most of the English papers pulling their punches. PIX: The 'ToI' edit 

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P Sainath who broke Ashok Chavan's 'paid news' story   had reported "they were not marked as advertisements" in the newspapers. Now Chavan's lawyer, Kapil Sibal has told  the Delhi High Court "Chavan was not aware of these advertisements and the publishers have said they were published without his (Chavan's) knowledge". Isn't it time the Press Council of India acted against the newspapers?

The New York Times has suddenly seen fit to editorialise on the state of press freedom in India, cobbling together a variety of developments over the past twelve months and bunging in the question of transparency of media ownership as well. An edit based on Googling, if ever there was one.

The Hindu carried a report on  July 26 titled, 'Delhi government school denies admission to two Muslim girls.'The story goes into  the problems a father is having admitting two daughters to the senior classes of any government school, but there is nothing in the account linking the problem to  their religious identity. Why then does it occur in the headline?

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