Writing on the wall

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/05/2014

The Indian Express reported in a page one anchor on May 16 the details of how the I and B ministry put DD, AIR and all other media under it to work to ensure a Congress re-election. With the party headed for its lowest tally ever, we know now for sure that a government controlled broadcaster does not deliver for the party in power. Good reason for the new government to give up control and give Prasar Bharati autonomy.

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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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