Bihar's media black sheep

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/08/2018

Brajesh Thakur, the kingpin of the horrific Muzaffarnagar child shelter rapes, is a former journalist and member of the state accreditation committee, reports said. Media organisations need to ask themselves how he got there and what kind of power he wielded. Thakur, who was arrested on Saturday, ran a local daily, Pratah Kamal,  and was a member of several state-level media committees, including the press accreditation, Press Information Bureau and the Bihar assembly press committee.                                

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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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