We don't like you

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/12/2016
The BJP is transparent about its media dislikes.  In a programme "Ground Zero- Cash crunch" that Rajdeep Sardesai was doing on India Today on December 1, pay day, he asked Smriti Irani on the steps of Parliament for her reaction. Her reply was "Rajdeep the whole world knows that I do not speak to you much and I am surprised that Rajdeep Sardesai is stalking a woman!"  A journalist asking questions is  a stalker?  Unfazed, Rajdeep replied : "But Ma'am I am just asking you a question". The next person to react to him was Kiron Kher who said "We know your biases Mr Sardesai...why don't you go and find one ATM where they are giving money". Then came Ravi Shankar Prasad "Mr Sardesai you are very critical of Mr Modi we know but try to be positive sometimes..."  What a brigade.


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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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