Who says we are not ethical?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/01/2013

Sudhir Chaudhury, the Zee News editor who has been implicated  in a case of extortion by Naveen Jindal, has issued a long statement about the interview with the gang rape victim's friend which  his channel telecast.   He says they could have recorded the entire blow by blow account the man gave but chose not to, because  "Zee Network, Zee News, it's executives and all the people who work with us are Indians first and have always stood by India's self esteem and will continue to do so. We are for Television Respect Points and not Television Rating Points that everyone runs after and sensationalizes news." 

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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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