No corruption please

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/08/2010

The Dainik Bhaskar is on an anti-corruption drive.  The paper’s MD said in a letter last week that corruption in journalism would not be tolerated. It listed three categories: taking a bribe for publishing news, blackmailing somebody, and publishing useless news. He did not say anything about news as advertising which was carried by the paper during the Haryana zilla parishad and panchayat elections in June this year.

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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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