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The Madras High Court struck down four criminal defamation suits filed against media outlets by the Tamilnadu state government (Pix:

Courts bat for press freedom on defamation
By and large, the courts have backed journalists against charges of criminal defamation by government and public figures over the past year. A World Press Freedom Day special.   PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU scrutinises some important rulings. 
Chronicle of a death replayed endlessly
The media coverage of Gajendra Singh's suicide raises issues of ethics and sensitivity.   B. JAYASHREE was dismayed at how his death was treated. Pix: an India TV grab from 22 April, 2015. 
Spike it
A series on TV journalism, Reporters, fails miserably.   A disappointed MANNIKA CHOPRA sat through ten episodes and found it laughable. 
Mamata triumphs, Telegraph carps
The editorials focused on the BJP's failure to emerge in second place.   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA looks at how Mamata fared in their judgement. Pix: The Telegraph edit on 30 April, 2015. 
Why more Dalits don't opt for journalism
Allegations of casteism arose when a Dalit journalist died of cancer. But is Dalit employment in media a more complex issue?   THE HOOT takes a look. (Photo of Nagaraju Koppula from Chittibabu Padavala's Facebook wall.) 
The media's short shrift to Dalits
The media have no excuse for their unpardonable indifference towards crimes against Dalits.   JYOTI PUNWANI rages against this bias and the reasons for it. Pix: the NDTV story on the Nagaur incident. 
Ashutosh's media histrionics
As every party shamelessly exploited Gajendra Singh's suicide for their own ends, AAP's spokesman Ashutosh outdid them all with his studio tears.   VIKRAM JOHRI reports. 
Net neutrality: shrill voices, zero-rating and revenue envy
TRAI has muddied the waters by appearing to favour the arguments of the telecom service providers in its consultation paper   ANUP KUMAR argues that rather than an ‘either-or' option, a third alternative exists. Pix courtesy: 
Laziness, malice and axes to grind
Given the arrant nonsense that passes for news these days, perhaps the very word needs to be redefined.   S.R. RAMANUJAN laments the collapse of standards. Pix: Times Now's coverage of Haryana government's offer of cabinet status to yoga guru Ramdev. 
When Prince Alarming spoke
For his simplistic stand on issues, some editorials ripped apart Rahul Gandhi's Enid Blyton approach to politics.   Others, says DARIUS NAKHOONWALA, were less forceful 

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The Syedna of the Dawoodi Bohras appears in public only on religious/ceremonial occasions, with frenzied followers at a worshipful distance. So when a claimant to the Syedna’s post, Khuzaima Qutbuddin, appeared in court over two consecutive days, and was cross-examined in the witness’ chair, every English newspaper in Mumbai reported it. But not a word appeared in the main Urdu or Gujarati newspapers, or even on Muslim websites such as and Gujarati is the Dawoodi Bohras’ mother-tongue. Wonder if these papers will continue to black out the legal proceedings when  the current Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin takes the witness’ chair to argue his claim?

Some 7,500 journalists from across the new state met on April 19 in Hyderabad to set up the Telangana State Union of Working Journalists. It was billed as the biggest ever congregation of working journalists in the history of the independent India. They pledged to become "vigilant sentinels of the freedom of the press, which in itself is the freedom of the citizen, and guard it from the onslaughts of various vested interests."

Apropos the  woman journalist from a Marathi TV channel being asked to vacate a front row at a function in Mumbai (see Hoot brief below), the organizers claim they treat  men and women equally but had merely "instructed to devise separate seating arrangements for men and women". An embarrassed chief minister who was the chief guest slammed the Swaminarayan temple authorities for discriminating against women journalists. But he didn’t know that they were only following 200-year-old instructions of the founder of their sect regarding women! (TOI)

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