Start-up fever

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/12/2015

Journalists are not immune to the start-up fever that they have been reporting. Three of them have left different editions of the Economic Times in recent weeks to start digital companies. That includes the principal correspondent and the technology editor at the Bangalore ET who are partnering another person to launch one. They plan to stay in stealth mode for a few months until they are ready. And a third journalist, at the  Delhi edition of ET has followed suit after a long stint at the paper,  also to launch his  own start up. 


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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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