Paying to listen

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/07/2018

The Wire is experimenting with fund raising via current affairs events. So  The Wire's new series of Dialogues    conducted by Karan Thapar at the India International Centre, Delhi will be ticketed at Rs 300 per person. Except that it is called a donor pass. The first conversation will be conducted with Ram Guha on July 4, the series title being "Fault Lines of The Republic".                

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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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