Defamation happy TN

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/12/2015

Reporters from outside Tamil Nadu covering the floods are discovering the self censorship that prevails in the state. Officials won't answer questions at press conferences, they read out statements invoking Amma every now and then. Journalists say  their papers will have defamation cases filed against them if they are critical of the state government. The Hindustan Times has carried two reports on this in the last three days.

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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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