Tranparency, anyone?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/02/2008

 Mint, the financial daily, has set itself  up as a model of transparency. On its first anniversary it told us how it had done so far in terms of circulation, advertising, and the accuracy of its reporting. It present detailed pie charts of mistakes made by the paper, and by whom. That surely is a first. It stopped short of declaring losses incurred in its first year. In contrast, its older rival the Economic Times has no hang ups about transparency. On Feb 2 it carried a full page feature on the Oneness Movement but forgot to mention that proprietor Indu Jain runs a Oneness Centre. Ah well, it takes both kinds to keep the Hoot in business!

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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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