No sedition here, please

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/01/2017

The Indian Womens Press Corp in Delhi, housed for many years in a government bungalow, is a favourite low-cost location for holding press conferences and such like.  But it is suddenly drawing attention for a condition it seems to have imposed on those renting space in its   premises.  Telegraph reports that the booking form now seeks a declaration that the event to be held will not have anti-national content: ""Nothing will be said which will be anti-national, question the integrity of the country, amount to sedition or cause harm to the reputation of the club."  Seems the management is in tune with government of the day.        

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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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