Media moan

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/02/2018

Even as the pay scales laid down by the Majithia Wage Board  have affected the viability of several media outlets, leading to increased lay-offs and more contract employment, the National Alliance of Journalists and the Delhi Union of Journalists have demanded the constitution of another wage board in a statement today. It also appeals to members of parliament to ensure that the Working Journalists Act is made applicable to electronic media employees, and that they also are covered by the Wage Board. It expresses shock at the fact that the National Budget had nothing to offer working journalists.              

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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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