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IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/11/2011

Government is considering setting up an inter-ministerial committee to check ‘false and misleading advertisements’ which especially target vulnerable sections of society- children, women and senior citizens. At a conference organized by Advertising Standards Council of India, Prof. K.V Thomas, Union Minister of State for Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution said that there was an urgent need to prevent such advertisements before they appear, by strengthening existing laws and self regulatory mechanism. (The Hindu)

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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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