Ravish unplugged

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/11/2016

The I and B Ministry's 24 hour ban on NDTV India gave anchor Ravish Kumar the trigger for a long satirical take-off on Friday night on a voiceless democracy, his most free-wheeling, self-indulgent and extended special show yet, featuring two mime artists. It was titled "if we can't ask questions what can we do". He also reiterated all the messages of support for NDTV from around the country. Getting lost in all this is the fact that the ban (unwarranted, certainly) was a penalty not for asking questions, but for doing live coverage of a terror operation.             

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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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