Whistleblowing on Facebook

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/05/2017
Is this incident of a Chhattisgarh jail officer using Facebook for whistleblowing the first of its kind?   This Hindu report says that  a deputy jailer, posted at the central jail in Chhattisgarh's capital city of Raipur, was suspended on Saturday for a Facebook post alleging torture of young  tribal girls while in police custody. She describes the torture.The response of the police is to say that she will be chargesheeted and tried for violation of service rules. Other newspapers say similar things. Did any journalist ask the cops whether they will also probe the veracity the allegations?  
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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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