Self censorship?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 24/04/2016

The Delhi govt takes three TV channels to court for airing allegedly doctored footage of the Feb.9 protests at JNU. The hearing will be on April 25. The Indian Express has it on page 1 and names the channels--Zee News, NewsX and India News. The Hindu puts the news on page 1 but does not name the channels.  Nor do Pioneer and the Hindustan Times which carry small items inside. The TOI does not have the story.  


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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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