Not so creeping interference

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/08/2015

Things are beginning to look somewhat grim for Firstpost on the editorial independence front. First an article written by the editor R Jagannathan talking about Arun Jaitley's performance was unceremoniously pulled from the site a few days after it appeared in July. Here is the tweet about the article. Towards the end of last week Lakshmi Chaudhry, the executive editor of the site, submitted her resignation citing editorial interference from upper management. A staff meeting has also taken place where the editorial staff discussed these developments and expressed apprehensions about the future of the site if it is not allowed to criticise certain leaders in the government.


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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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