Deja vu

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/05/2008

First the UPA government changed rules to  remove Prasar Bharati Chairman M V Kamath from office. Now it has broken established tradition by making this too a post for a retired IAS officer. Previous chairmen have been journalists.  Arun Bhatnagar, Sonia Gandhi’s man for the wound-up  National Advisory Council,  is the new Chairman. Why are we not surprised?

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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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