Mutual distrust

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/07/2016

Even as Arnab Goswami hyperventilates about how criticism by fellow journalists of the handling of militants in Kashmir is  anti-Indian, pro-Pakistan, and  pro-terrorist,  the joint resistance camp in Kashmir led by  Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik  has issued a statement urging people in the state to be wary of news channels like Times Now, News X and Zee News which are  “bigoted by design in their reportage of Kashmir in order to mislead and poison the Indian public opinion regarding the events in Kashmir and the Kashmir issue”.             

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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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