Tough ban to implement

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/05/2017

Cable operators in Kashmir are hesitating to comply with the ban on transmitting 34 TV channels from Muslim countries, reports Kashmir ObserverThe president of the Kashmir Cable Operators Association said that they have told the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar as much because their business depends on these channels. The latter  has however told them that in that case the government will seize their equipment.             


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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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