Paid news report

IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/09/2011
The full report of the Press Council of India on paid news will now be available on the PCI website thanks to an RTI appeal by journalist Manu Moudgil who pursued his petition up to the CIC. On September 19 information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi ordered the PCI to put up the report on the website under proactive disclosure clause of the RTI Act, even if it is as a reference document.
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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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