Suddenly news?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/06/2017

An article published  on The Wire on June 2 suddenly becomes a news item for Times Now on the afternoon of June 5. In it Partha Chatterjee, described as a social scientist and historian, compared the justification advanced for action by Major Gogoi in the human shield incident in Kashmir with the justification advanced by General Dyer for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In a somewhat late reaction Times Now anchors raved and ranted and brought on  General GD Bakshi, a Times Now favourite, described as a historian, to fulminate on the show.                                   

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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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