Nutty ideas?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/06/2013

The Times Group has chosen to editorialise through the Economic Times rather than its flagship paper in response to the TRAI chairman's idea of creating a buffer between a media entity and its ownership. "The basis of free speech is the right to start a publication to express one's views, not just to start in a park and shout out loud." (editorial, 20 June) It refers to the buffer proposal as well as the cross media regulation proposal as "nutty ideas."

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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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