Cannily commercial

IN Media Watch Briefs | 23/08/2012
 The Indian Express reports that the  Raipur administration has slapped notices on major newspapers in Chhattisgarh for violating the deed under which they were given government land at a concession. The Dainik Bhaskar, Navbharat, Samvet Shikhar, Dainik Chhatisgarh, MP Chronicle and Tarun Chhattisgarh are among those named as having made commercial use of such land. The same correspondent earlier investigated a Bhaskar exclusive in great detail. Interesting to see the media scrutinizing  the deeds of its own fraternity.
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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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