A private member’s bill by a BJD MP seeks to repeal the criminal defamation law and codify civil defamation. The Hoot has a copy of this media-friendly bill.
BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |20/09/2016
TV and social media went to war. But newspapers and news portals brought sanity and balance to Indian media’s response to the Uri attack.
BY BHARAT DOGRA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/09/2016
Despite the complexity of the issue and the high emotions, the print and digital media did a pretty thorough and fair job of covering the Cauvery water dispute.
BY SANJAY GOEL| IN PRIVACY |20/09/2016
The extent and scope of intelligence agencies’ ability to intercept communications and collect information is mind-boggling.
BY Abdul Kalam Azad| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/09/2016
Cast as the ‘other’, dubbed ‘Bangladeshi’ and incessantly victimized, the Bengal-origin Muslim is fair game, with the media actively whipping up hatred.
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |22/09/2016
The media have lynched the party over the health crisis. Fair enough. But why are its excellent mohalla clinics being ignored?
BY IRFAN QURAISHI| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |21/09/2016
Scorned by Kashmiris for being state ‘agents’ and abused by the security forces for being ‘Hurriyat sympathisers’, the media are getting it in the neck.
IN OPINION |17/09/2016
Live on TV, for a whole gripping hour, Akhilesh was retelling the oldest story in the world, the stuff of both history and mythology.
IN OPINION |18/09/2016
With district newspapers exposing wrong doing and highlighting important issues, why are PILs not allowed in district courts?
IN REGIONAL MEDIA |15/09/2016
Critics of the reporter who filmed Dana Majhi carrying his dead wife have no idea what his working conditions are like.
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Former RJP MP Shahabuddin's suspected involvement in the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan has been making news practically every day. On Sept  14 the Indian Express reported that a shooter wanted in the killing, Mohammad Kaif,  had been spotted with the leader after his release,  last week Kaif surrendered and was sent to judicial custody. On Sept 23 the Supreme Court issued notice to RJD minister Tej Pratap and Shahabuddin  in this murder case. Yet incredibly  Business Standard's interview with Shahabuddin today (September 25) asks him nothing at all about his alleged involvement in this case, even as his name figures in the FIR.

As his wont, NDTV India's Ravish Kumar, conducted his prime time show from the street at Delhi's  Batra Cinema on Friday (Sept 23) asking those preparing for competitive exams for government posts, if war with Pakistan was advisable. The area is full of  coaching institutes. Retired generals were advocating war  from TV studios, and anchors were stoking the hysteria. "I want to know the views outside the world of TV," he explained. Save one or two,  everyone said war as an idea was wrong. He demonstrated the dissonance between the  media,  and world not habitated by TV chatteratti and twitterati.          

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