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IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/02/2015
The Hindustan Times on Feb. 2 had a long, detailed report on land acquisition in Raigarh, the coal-rich Chhattisgarh district. But while the report explained the strategems that “agents of the region’s mining giant” employ to get land from the tribal population, it didn’t name any of the “private firms” or “mining firms” involved in the transaction. One wonders why the newspaper chose to withhold names of the companies while mincing no words about the damage they have done.
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