Television diplomacy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/01/2016

 India and Pakistan may have deferred official talks  following the Pathankot attacks but an Indian channel - India Today - began track II diplomacy of sorts by telecasting a joint broadcast with Pakistan's premier media house, Dawn News. Anchoring the programme at the India Today end, Rajdeep Sardesai declared that  such a TV initiative could only be good for both the countries in the absence of talks.

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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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