Simply feeling free

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/10/2014

The I and B minister Prakash Javadekar says disingeniously that Doordarshan carried a one hour telecast of an RSS function for the first time not because of any government diktat but simply because it is feeling more free than before.  He said  "earlier there may be restrictions that this should not be shown. We have not put any restrictions. So they are covering all news worthy events." (DNA)

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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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