BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/09/2017
Never has a terror accused released on bail received the kind of welcome Times Now and Republic TV accorded to Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Purohit.
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |14/07/2017
Highlighting the religion of the driver who saved the Amaranth pilgrims, is doing a disservice to him as well as secularism
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/05/2017
Without explaining the context, reports on the killing of CRPF jawans in Bastar make little sense except as easy hate-mongering.
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/02/2017
The coverage by the Express, Hindu, and HT was balanced, fair, in-depth, wide-ranging, rigorous, and, for once, told us what the poor thought.
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/12/2016
Press Council Chairman Justice Prasad recently expressed his views on press freedom, journalists’ security, paid news, and trolling
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |09/12/2016
An Adivasi woman and a former Naxalite speak about their expectations of mainstream media. But can it accommodate them,
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |09/11/2016
Why does the media, for functions, awards or summits, always invite politicians as chief guests, even when they have violated many freedoms?
BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/10/2016
Two recent editions of Truth vs Hype try to link the growth of Salafism among Muslims with the appeal of ISIS to a few young Muslims.
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 JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |07/09/2016
The Urdu press downplayed the Haji Ali ruling and the English media ignored a vital aspect of it altogether. Simplification at its worst.
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The back story of the huge apology notice published by the Hindustan Times on September 18 (see this Hoot brief) is to be found in the record of sittings of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha. The apology was published three days after the last sitting to which the editor of HT was summoned. The notice given by  Andhra Pradesh MP Jithender Reddy was taken up five times by the Committee  between July end and September 15. This too has fed into the wide ranging speculation over the reason for the resignation of the current editor of the paper, Aparisim Ghosh.                       

Did it really take the Hindustan Times almost six months to figure out that it had got the figures on the attendance  in Parliament of certain MPs, wrong? Or is there more to why it carried a front page apology covering half the page on September 18? It said, "In the edition of March 24, 2017, we had, because of a technical glitch, erroneously reported the attendance in Parliament of certain MPs. Below are the accurate figures. Hindustan Times offers an unconditional apology, and deeply regrets any offence or inconvenience caused." Of the seven MPs whom it said had 100 per cent attendance  not one had it, the paper listed six other names for this statistic. And the list of those whom it said had the worst attendance in Parliament is headed by Abhijeet Mukherjee, the former President's son, who in fact has a figure of 97 per cent attendance.                                    

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The Washington Post  is rolling out Talk  a new commenting system that will allow the paper to better engage with readers who comment on its stories and help promote civil conversations. The software was developed by the Coral Project, a collaboration between The Post, the NYT and Mozilla, funded by a grant from the  Knight Foundation. The Post will integrate Talk with ModBot, its AI-powered comment moderation technology.                                                                         

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman Lab)                                       
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