Not so easy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/09/2010
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may have recommended the removal of the CEO of Prasar Bharati and sent the file to the PM. But the PMO, seen in many circles as the source of B S Lalli’s strength, is not obliging yet. The Hoot learns that the file has been sent back to the Ministry. Instead of being sent on to the President of India who is supposed to ask the Supreme Court to conduct an inquiry, according to the laid down procedure for the removal of the head of an autonomous corporation.
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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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