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IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/10/2012

The Hindu on October 8 showed up the business press with a lead story that took a detailed look at the balance sheets of Robert Vadra's companies and provided an even-toned account of what they showed. Three days after Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan levelled charges against Vadra of unexplained dealings with Delhi Land and Finance  (DLF),  no business newspaper has  come up with a thorough investigation yet. Not even the Economic Times which  broke the story of Vadra's entry into the real estate business last year.

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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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