Now, 'voluntary' takedowns?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/06/2018
 Giving a new spin to self-censorship, several   prominent news outlets  took down their published articles on the post-demonetization bank deposits in an Ahmedabased-based bank in which BJP President Amit Shah is director. The IANS news agency, which broke the story, however says that it is based on information obtained through RTI and they will not be retracting the story.                       
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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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