Alliance for media freedom in TN

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/07/2018

The Hindu Business Line reports that a cross-media advocacy and action group, called Alliance for Media Freedom, has been formed by senior journalists from across media houses to monitor the state of media freedom in Tamil Nadu. This was decided at a media consultation in Chennai on July 1. The filing of a criminal case last month against Puthiya Thalaimurai television for hosting a debate is one spur for  this initiative, the other is the TN govt using its cable distribution company (Arasu Cable) to censor television news channels.                          

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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.                   

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