Mr Nice Guy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/04/2018

The Congress is delighted with this Facebook post by a journalist who is described as a ‘RSS sympathiser’.   Shashi Tharoor tweeted it as a ‘fascinating take.’  It says  that Rahul Gandhi met for 90 minutes with a group of ‘political enthusiasts/social media influencers’, was punctual, polite, listened to all present, didn’t mind being addressed by his first name, offered tea, and came across as a nice guy with a world view. The details of his world  view  are not shared.                       

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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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