Cheering the govt on

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/05/2017

Amit Shah is smart. If as reported he was the brain behind the government's decision to pull out of the ET Global Business Summit at the last minute thereby sending the Times Group a message, it has worked wonders. First the paper said flattering things about the Yogi Adityanath government's first month on page 1, now it is freaking out--front page banner and what not--on the eve of the central government's third anniversary with a poll. 'Three years on,Modi sweeps polls.' Modi Sarkar:Teen Saal Bemisaal!' (an unparalleled three years.) 'Govt Wins Vote of Trust in India Inc Corner Rooms' And so on.             

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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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