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IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/06/2011

Last week Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  said his government would not allow local cable channels to resume broadcasting news. “We are not going to allow local channels to broadcast news, not in the immediate future,” When asked about minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din’s reported remarks that he would resign if the channels are not allowed to broadcast news, Omar said: “I don’t want to lose a capable minister for a few channels. I will talk to the minister on the issue. I have no intention of changing my decision."

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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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