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IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/12/2011

The Chairman of the Press Council of India, Markandey Katju said on Dec 5 that he has written to all the members of the Council seeking suggestions on guidelines for journalists so that their safety may be ensured in a situation of conflict. This follows an exchange with J&K CM Omar Abdullah over attacks on photographers  in Kashmir, where the latter said that they need to wear specific clothing which makes them identifiable. Apparently cameras on their persons are not  enough to identify photographers.

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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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