Image building awards

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/10/2016
The Outlook Group killed several birds with one stone last night (Oct. 5): it cashed in on the social media craze in the country  by instituting the Lloyd-Outlook Social Media (OSM) Awards in a bunch of interesting categories including MLA of the year. It made up to the BJP  by having L K Advani deliver the keynote,  by giving the award to Sushma Swaraj for politician of the year, and  also to the railways under Suresh Prabhu. The magazine under its earlier editor has taken on the ruling party in its reporting including a recent damaging cover story on child trafficking in Assam. The publicity splash over the Awards also helps to rebuild the Group's image after the recent bout of negative publicity over the departure of  former editor Krishna Prasad. 
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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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