Communal talk

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/07/2017
Arnab Goswami has discovered Muslim appeasement in Basirhaat in Mamata Banerjee's state and hollered away about it for two nights in a row on Republic TV. On July 4 he thundered that the CM was turning West Bengal into fatwastan and asked repeatedly, "Is there Muslim appeasement in West Bengal?" The media was blacking out commmunal violence there he charged. On July 5  he snapped at a Muslim panelist on the show, "there is no Sharia law in this country." On Times Now, they were playing catch up, pursuing the same story vociferously. With bald communal talk on prime time TV where exactly are we headed?                          
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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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