The Barkha threat

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/06/2018

Does the BJP really have so much to fear from Barkha Dutt's journalism that they would convene a 45 minute meeting on how to stop her and malign her?  If her tweets in this story are to be believed it means the government and ruling party do not have the stomach for  independent television channels. Meanwhile there has been very little forthcoming on who is willing to finance her project or how close it is to being realised.                 

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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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