Blacked out blockade

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/05/2010

CNN IBN on May 20 decided to focus on the six week old  highway blockade  of Manipur by people in Nagaland. It railed about how the mainstream media had ignored a blockade which had brought a state to a halt. But that begged the question: what stopped CNN IBN from focusing on this story earlier?  

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