Three senior journos exit ABP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/08/2018
Media circles are abuzz with the exit of Milind Khandekar, Punya Prasun Bajpai and Abhisar Sharma from ABP News.  There had been reports that the government was annoyed at the channel's coverage of  Prime Minister Modi's Chhattisgarh visit, which said that women he interacted with had been tutored by officials. An ANI  report said that the woman who was quoted has stoutly denied that she was tutored, and has corrected what was reported by the TV channel.                                                 
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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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