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IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/12/2008

The Ahmedabad Mirror which used to be given free with the Times of India in that city, has now been priced at Rs 1.  The Economic Times in Ahmedabad  has stopped hiring. DNA in Ahmedabad has engineered the departure of four journalists employed with them, including one in Rajkot. It has scaled down its Surat operations, with the edition for that city now  being produced in Ahmedabad, though it is still printed in Surat where Bhaskar has a press.

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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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