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IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/02/2017
In all the swirling coverage over the attacks on students and journalists at Ramjas college, those speaking in defence of the Sangh Parivar found an island of calm opportunity on Doordarshan News. On Feb 23 night its Aamne Samne programme was devoted to Professor Rakesh Sinha denouncing the kind of student politics being seen at JNU, and exported by it,  and explaining at length why free speech has its limits. 
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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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