Self Censorship

Amazon resisting voluntary censorship

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-09-12

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..


Editors Guild decries govt’s ‘Orwellian’ censorship attempts

IN Censorship | 2018-08-08

The Guild decries all attempts on the part of the government to interfere in the free and independent functioning of journalists.


Self censorship at ABP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 2018-08-06

The resignation of the ABP anchor  Punya Prasun Bajpai according to a piece by him in The Wire followed explicit instructions from the proprietor (presumably Arup Sarkar though Bajpai does not name him) to not mention PM Modi in his show 'Masterstroke' or to even carry any pictures of him.  Bajpai refers..


Self censorship on Star Plus

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/10/2017

The Wire reports that  comedian Rangeela who recorded a mimicking of PM Modi for Star Plus's reality show  ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’  has alleged that the channel  refused to air his act. He said that he got a phone call from the production team almost a month after the episode was originally recorded..

 

A brief recent history of media self-censorship

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN CENSORSHIP |20/10/2017

Are media establishments self-censoring more since this government came to power? Or were some equally mindful of the UPA’s sensitivities too

 

Others speak up at NDTV

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |19/10/2017

Self censorship at NDTV is a can of worms whose lid is prised open occasionally only to be tamped down again. But the most recent disclosure by Sreenivasan Jain a couple of days ago has led to a long outpouring by Barkha Dutt on her Facebook page about the selective censorship at that channel...

 

Journalism without self censorship?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/10/2017

When The Wire published this story on the "Golden touch of Jay Amit Shah" on Sunday its website crashed at the surge of traffic and then came back up. The story has been reported by former ET journalist Rohini Singh who, Wire founding editor M K Venu says, has joined them..

 

 Self censorship?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/04/2017

The story on India having slipped  three places in the international press freedom rankings is one several newspapers have carried. It is based on an index of press freedom report by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders which says that journalists  are less free under the Modi government due to.. ??

 

The Sahara-Birla papers: such reluctant coverage!

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/01/2017

Now that the Express has turned up some hard evidence, will Google searches on this story continue to yield spectacularly sparse results,

 

Falling like nine pins

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |12/10/2016

P Chidambaram in The Indian Express about NDTV's censorship--  "I am asking the media: why are you guys falling like nine pins to unjustified demands, if any, from the powers that be? I don't know if the powers that be made any demand. But why are you guys falling like nine pins?"  ..

 

Is NDTV’s censorship hypocritical?

BY AJAZ ASHRAF | IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/10/2016

Is the channel suggesting that the army should not be held accountable

 

SLAPP and tell

BY PRASHANT REDDY THIKKAVARAPU| IN BOOKS |09/06/2016

Sue the Messenger is a breezy read by Subir Ghosh and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta of recent SLAPP cases in India.

 

Self censorship?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |24/04/2016

The Delhi govt takes three TV channels to court for airing allegedly doctored footage of the Feb.9 protests at JNU. The hearing will be on April 25. The Indian Express has it on page 1 and names the channels--Zee News, NewsX and India News. The Hindu puts the news on page 1 but does.. ??

 

Self censoring again

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/02/2016

PTI and others report that “a TV channel has been directed by a Delhi court to pay Rs 20 lakh damages to three sacked police officials, including former ACP S S Rathi, who are serving life terms in the 1997 Connaught Place shootout case, for harming their reputation by showing defamatory contents.”..

 

Defamation happy TN

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/12/2015

Reporters from outside Tamil Nadu covering the floods are discovering the self censorship that prevails in the state. Officials won't answer questions at press conferences, they read out statements invoking Amma every now and then. Journalists say  their papers will have defamation cases filed against them if they are critical..

 

Pulling their punches on Manmohan Singh

IN OPINION |17/03/2015

Among the editorials on the former PM's arraignment, two newspapers chose to keep totally mum.

 

The army is totally out of line

BY THE HOOT| IN CENSORSHIP |14/11/2015

“Would the Assam Rifles dare extend the same order to ‘national’ media houses?”

 

Not blacked out but...

BY SN| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/11/2014

The CBI now says there is enough evidence to prosecute chairman of Aditya Birla Group KM Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh, in the  Hindalco case. The Hindu, TOI, Indian Express and others carried it on page one. The Hindustan Times played it down to a tiny item on..

 

Self censoring again?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |01/11/2014

Is the media self-censoring on PM Modi’s more bizarre pronouncements

 

Self censorship?

| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/10/2014

On October 25, The Times of India posted an article with a headline “5 months in power sees increase in crorepatis in Union Cabinet: ADR”. After a while, though, the article was taken off the website. Meanwhile, the information in the ADR press release was used by several non-mainstream news..

 

Media silence over Tripura scam

BY SUBIR BHAUMIK| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |08/09/2014

An order to Tripura schools to use their funds to buy books written by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and former bureaucrat Sanjoy Kumar Panda is a scandal.

 

 'Serious fraud' and self-censorship

BY PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |07/11/2013

Fraud in RIL's links with INX (9X) Media four years ago, and the role played by multinational private equity firm, New Silk Route.

 

Ownership, self censorship, etc

IN OPINION |18/10/2013

Some media owners are people in public life and will be in the news, for good or bad. How should they be covered? How much self censorship should there be if the news is bad, how much publicity if it is good

 

Total blackout?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/10/2013

Kumar Mangalam Birla does not own the Hindustan Times. But his loyal relatives there have ensured that the paper completely blacked out a story which everybody else had as a first lead--the filing of an FIR in the coal scam against Birla. Or was it some loyal senior staffer who.. ??

 

Not news for us

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/10/2013

India Today's website carried a PTI story on the fact that the CBI filed an FIR on Tuesday naming Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in a criminal conspiracy regarding a coal block allocation. But on Headlines Today, despite double decker news headlines scrolling away, the news could not..

 

Gunga Din, FIR likho

IN OPINION |19/10/2013

TV news went delirious with delight. Programming for three days was assured. But a large part of the print media firmly stuffed a handkerchief into its mouth.

 

Advertisers fear Mamata's wrath: refuse to run anti-rape campaign ads

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/08/2013

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has found a new target for her censorship drive: advertisers!

 

Decorous omission

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |21/07/2012

A reader writes, "Most pieces on Rajesh Khanna kept a decorous silence on his relationship with a certain Tina Munim. Khanna and Munim were in a live-in relationship for several years. But did many of the media reminiscences say this? Some coyly referred to her as his heroine, some said they..

 

Playing safe

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/01/2012

Karan Thapar’s show The Last Word says it is the  first of its kind weekly show on Indian television which debates issues related to the media. It is on CNN IBN, which is part of the Network 18 Group. Last week the big media story of the week was the..

 

 

Oh what a lovely blackout

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/11/2010

The great media blackout on the Radia tapes is finally ending. Maybe editors and others who said that they could not use the tapes or transcripts for lack of authentication are waking up to the the fact that there have been no statements of denial from..

 

Self censorship?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/08/2010

The TOI, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle mentioned that it was a ruling party affiliated union which caused the disruption. The Hindu did not…

 

CNN IBN explains why it did not telecast the tapes

BY cnn ibn| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/07/2008

Since the speculation is based on hearsay, conjecture and mere guess-work, we at CNN-IBN, feel that it is necessary to set the record straight

 

Two theories

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |23/07/2008

Why did CNN IBN not telecast the footage of the cash for vote sting, which  it is supposed to have possession of? Two theories are doing the rounds. One, that there was no conclusive evidence in it and the material was not good enough to use, and two, that Anil..

 

End of story

| IN OPINION |20/06/2005

An avidly followed soap opera ends and draws very cautious comment

 

Mourning for Mediaah!

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |14/03/2005

The thing about free speech though, is that it does not come for free. Its price, at the very least is a lawyer’s fees..

 

 

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