Taming Zee News

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/02/2018
The News Broadcasting Standards Authority has rejected the appeal by Zee News on its order of September 2017 to pay Rs one 1 lakh as a fine for its report ‘Afzal Premi Gang ka Mushaira’ broadcast on March 9, 2015, targeting poet and activist Gauhar Raza and to tender an apology.  The NBSA was acting on a complaint filed by litteratuer Ashok Vajpayi, singer Shubha Mudgal, actor Sharmila Tagore and writer Syeda Hamid.  Zee News  has been asked to display the apology on 16.2.2018 at 9 pm and deposit Rs one lakh within seven days.                      
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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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