Falling like nine pins

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/10/2016

P Chidambaram in The Indian Express about NDTV's censorship--  "I am asking the media: why are you guys falling like nine pins to unjustified demands, if any, from the powers that be? I don't know if the powers that be made any demand. But why are you guys falling like nine pins?"   The former Congress finance minister said he had asked NDTV for the tape of the  interview  conducted by Barkha Dutt with him which the channel did not carry in full, because he wanted to put it onYouTube.               

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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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