Strange choices

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/01/2008

Two English news channels  gave awards for politician of the year, NDTV to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and CNN-IBN  to finance minister P Chidambaram. You would think that by any yardstick a Dalit politician achieving a clear majority in a UP election after so  many years would be the most outstanding political achievement of the year. But clearly these channels and their viewers have different yardsticks.

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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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