Resisting I and B pressure

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/09/2015

The powerful Gujarat Samachar group in Gujarat is refusing to be cowed  by the ministry of Information and Broadcasting's notices to its TV channel, GSTV. The tussle began in February and is continuing. The two points of provocation are references to an unnamed leader who initiated the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan but does not actually believe in Gandhian ideology, and a programme aired on January 30 called Gandhi Hatya Koni Jawabdari. The latter criticised fringe Hindu groups for wanting to build a temple for Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse. (Economic Times)

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