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IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/12/2014

CNBC TV18 was running an hourlong exclusive interview on December 4 with Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries  (who owns the channel) on growth in the different sectors Reliance is in. It was repeated at night. The Economic Times meanwhile was saying on its website that comments made by Ambani during the interview had caused telecom stocks to fall in value.

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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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