Self censoring again?

BY snq| IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/11/2014
Is the media self-censoring on PM Modi’s more bizarre pronouncements? While Headlines Today and the Guardian were quick to jump on his October 25 speech taking mythology as proof of ancient Indian science, except the Indian Express, Indian papers reported it with a straight face with surprisingly little comment till Karan Thapar’s op-ed piece in the Hindu today. (He normally writes for the Hindustan Times.) The Telegraph asked scientists what they thought and reported the dim view they took. But boy, has this story been underplayed.
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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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