Head in the sand

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/03/2018

 CNN New18 had a telling map of  the political contours of the NE when Narendra Modi became PM (all states with the Cong except two) and what  it looks like now, no states with Congress except one that it just might hang on to. But what was the Congress tweeting about on the day that it is getting further wiped out in the North East? The PNB scam, the Rafale scam, and Smriti Irani's battle with DD. @OfficeofRG held its peace and did not tweet at all.               

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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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