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IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/05/2010

Each new atrocity in the Naxal belt comes as a godsend for Times Now. It guarantees an hour or more of low cost programming at prime time as Arnab Goswami lines up a panel which includes those he calls Naxal sympathisers and proceeds to assault them with his sanctimonious harangue. He did the same on May 17     after the news of the attack on the bus came in. But in a later segment he met his match in Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool who gave Goswami as good as he got.

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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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