Self censorship at ABP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/08/2018
The resignation of the ABP anchor  Punya Prasun Bajpai according to a piece by him in The Wire followed explicit instructions from the proprietor (presumably Arup Sarkar though Bajpai does not name him) to not mention PM Modi in his show 'Masterstroke' or to even carry any pictures of him.  Bajpai refers to one edition of the show which reported on famers being forced to part with their land for an Adani power project.                     
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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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