Well taken care of

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/07/2018

Guwahatiplus.com  reports  that the Assam government has been taking good care of journalists in the state. It is implementing a journalist insurance scheme, conducts press tours for journalists to BJP ruled states, and has announced a media fellowship and a Republic Day journalism award. There is a journalist family benefit fund in the state with a corpus of Rs 3 crore, as well as a pension scheme and a medical welfare scheme for journalists.              

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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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